Arizona kids
are entering kindergarten unprepared.

The good news? Your support impacts a child in need.


Hi, we're Candelen. It's nice to meet you.

From birth to five years of age, kids form more than one million neural connections every second. Yep, you read that right. One million every second. These years are the most impressionable moments of their lives, laying the critical foundation for bright minds, strong bodies, and happy kids. That's where we come in.

We work within communities to develop and deliver research-based initiatives that foster enriching experiences for children to become their most brilliant selves. We offer expert-led, interactive child development, nutrition and health & safety programs that empower parents, caregivers and early childhood educators to make a lasting impact on the lives of Arizona’s children.

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There's a challenge...

  • 25% of young kids in Arizona live in poverty, creating difficult obstacles for appropriate child development
  • 62% of 3 & 4 year olds in Arizona do not attend preschool, potentially reducing their readiness for kindergarten
  • 54% of Arizona third graders cannot read proficiently, an indicator linked to early childhood experiences

Together, we can solve it.

  • In 2020, Candelen impacted more than 45,000 kids and 6,300 parents, caregivers, and educators to promote quality early learning experiences
  • 80% of Candelen participants complete their program toward improving skills that support child development and health & safety



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At four years old, Alex was expelled from preschool. His parents turned to Sofia, a family friend, to provide care for Alex so they could keep working. One day, Sofia and Alex were at a community center when a Candelen team member, Anita, saw Sofia struggling with Alex’s behavior. Anita approached Sofia to help and informed her of the services Candelen provides. From positive behavior guidance to daily schedule planning and nutrition, Candelen could help Sofia set limits and create routines that support both her and Alex. Sofia was eager to sign up. She confided in Anita that her children were witnessing Alex’s outbursts and behavior, and had been on the receiving end of his physical aggression.

Over the next few weeks, Anita worked with Sofia to set limitations and guidelines for her household, starting with restricting Alex’s access to TV and electronic devices. Together, Anita and Sofia identified Alex’s need for an energetic outlet. They purchased a trampoline and it quickly became Alex’s favorite activity. By establishing routines and integrating positive reinforcement, Alex’s behavior began to improve, and he was able to go back to preschool.

Today, he’s a much better listener, follows directions, and cooperates with others. Anita and Sofia couldn’t be more proud of his progress and their accomplishments.

*Names have been changed for confidentiality.

Make a lasting impact by investing in the future

Early education is not an expense, it’s a sound investment: for every $1 put toward early childhood, there is a $16 return to the community through graduation rates, higher wages, and decreased dependence on welfare. Your contribution to Arizona’s children through Candelen’s essential services brings prosperity back to the community and ensures a better future for the next generation.

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