Academic Beginnings for Children (ABC)

"Read 20 minutes every day with your child"


About ABC

Academic Beginnings for Children, ABC, is a sub committee of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation that works in partnership with the Lake Stevens Library, Lake Stevens School District,  and United Way of Snohomish County. ABC's mission is to support early learning for children birth to 5 living within Lake Stevens School District.

One of our goals is to support parents as their child's first and most influential teacher and to increase the number of children entering Kindergarten with the skills necessary to be successful in school.

Sponsored Programs 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library:  In 2008, through our partnership with United Way of Snohomish County, we were able to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Lake Stevens.  Every child age 0-5 living within the Lake Stevens School District boundaries is eligible to receive a new book in the mail each month until his/her 5th birthday.  The goal is for every child to have books of their own to inspire their imagination and to be read to 20 minutes every day.  Since 2008, 1898 children in Lake Stevens have received books!


Please Note: We are temporarily holding off on new registrations while we seek other funding.   Boeing/UWSC will no longer be funding the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, while we seek new funding sources; our Lake Stevens Education Foundation/ABC is dedicated to maintaining this valuable program in our community.   


Read 20 Minutes a Day Celebration:  Local businesses and the Lake Stevens Library host celebrations, children are given books, teh opportunity to register for the Dolly Parton Library and enjoy books!

  Join us November 18th for a special event - Get Details Here

READY! for Kindergarten classes in both English and Spanish are available for parents of 3 and 4 year olds. READY for Kindergarten is a research-based program that gives parents the information, materials and tools/toys they need to prepare their children to be primed and eager to learn. The classes focus on age appropriate pre-literacy skills, pre-math skills and social and emotional development. Parents take these tools and activities home to engage in "purposeful play" with their children.  


Play & Learn Group:  Throughout the school year, pre-school age children and their parents/care-givers meet Fridays from 9:30 - 11AM at the Lake Stevens Early Learning Center, with a trained facilitator.  It's Free and drop-ins are welcome, the ELC is located next to Hillcrest Elementary School.


Born Learning Trails:  ABC, United Way of Snohomish County, the City of Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs all worked together to install Born Learning Trails, a series of signs with activity suggestions for families to enhance the fun and learning while playing at both Lundeen Park and The Lake Stevens Community Park.


For more information about any of these activities, please contact Leslie Elsemore at  or by mail at PO Box 1495, Lake Stevens, WA 98258