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2601 E. Thunderhill Place Phoenix AZ

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 7:50 am

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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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

For more information, visit

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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