Getting a child ready for their schooling career can be an important endeavor, and Thrive to Five is offering educational classes for toddlers and parents to get ahead in schooling.

According to the Thrive to Five website, Thrive to Five is committed to the schools of Tempe and Kyrene in providing family support services to parents and/or caregivers of children aged birth to 5 years old.

The goal of Thrive to Five is to promote understanding of early childhood development and brain growth, along with providing families with knowledge, skills and resources to help children reach their potential to be ready to enter school on the right foot.

Irma Horton, program coordinator for Thrive to Five in Ahwatukee, said each class offered by Thrive to Five is centered on education from assisting parents on receiving health tips to teach the young students how to be bilingual through their Bilingual Story Time class.

There are more than 300 classes offered each year through Thrive to Five, where both parents and children learn some fundamentals on education.

“Our mission in Thrive to Five is to help families prepare their children for success for school, and for the children to be ready for kindergarten,” she said. “It’s not just educational, but it’s also about health and fitness. We have things from social skills development to pediatrics, so we have a lot of parent-child interactions.”

Horton, who’s an Ahwatukee resident, began working as a liaison in the Tempe Elementary School District, and began working with Thrive to Five around the district.

When offered the chance to head the program in Ahwatukee, Horton was thrilled at the opportunity to bring beneficial classes to her community.

She also wanted to change the mindset of the Ahwatukee community, who might feel the classes are solely offered to “low-income families.”

The classes are hosted at a Kyrene School location, but Horton says classes are offered to whomever is seeking additional support in education.

“Are classes are for all families regardless of their background. This is an opportunity for parents and children who can benefit from our educational classes,” she said. “It’s not just for Kyrene families.”

The Thrive to Five classes are conducted during the week at Kyrene de las Lomas, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop.

For a complete list of classes offered and times, visit www.thrivetofive.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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