Our mission is to help every kid achieve the brightest outlook possible.

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Igniting Bright Futures.

Our vision is to have a world where all children have the essentials they need to succeed.

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Igniting Bright Futures

Candelen joins with families, communities, and systems to illuminate the inherent potential of children to shine their brightest. Our early childhood experts offer educational programs, supportive services, and helpful tools for parents, caregivers, decision makers, and educators to collectively act in the best interest of children. We focus on innovation, iteration, and collaboration to meet children and families where they are with what they need to thrive.

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There’s a challenge

  • 29% of young kids
    in Arizona live in poverty
  • More than 50%
    of low-income kids are not prepared for kindergarten
  • The majority of kids
    that start behind, stay behind
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We’re the solution

In the last year:

  • 40,000+
    children served
  • 1,300+
    parents & caregivers supported
  • 4,500+
    educators assisted
Child care support
Early Childhood Education support


Early education is always a sound investment. For every $1 spent on early childhood, the community sees a $16 return through increased graduation rates, higher wages, and decreased welfare dependence. Your contribution to our essential services brings prosperity back to the community, its children, and residents like you by creating better outcomes for future generations.

Be the change


Your time and talents are valuable. Dedicate them to work that strengthens your community by partnering with us to extend the reach of critical early childhood education programs. Explore the many ways you can help kids shine, from one-on-one assistance to group activities.

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Early Childhood care

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