Director Lynn Hockenberger poses with students at Children of Hope Child Development Center on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

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Over the years, Children of Hope Child Development Center has been preparing its young students to be better equipped when they enter elementary school.

The preschool houses nearly 60 students in the age range of 2 to 5 years old.

Director Lynn Hockenberger believes her staff is the key component on what makes the school a special place.

“They are second to none. They are educated, dedicated, loyal and a cohesive unit that woks together,” Hockenberger said.

Children of Hope also partners with Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School to coordinate students with the Common Core Standards, Hockenberger added.

They also formulated a partnership with Esperanza Lutheran Church, where volunteers from the Garden of Eden visit the school every month to teach gardening lessons.

The school is gearing up for its third annual Western Day that will take place this Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about Children of Hope Child Development Center, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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