Mariposa Library Garden Project

You can make a difference in the lives of children by helping us create high literacy, highly engaging Outdoor Library Gardens at Title I schools in Greater Phoenix, Arizona.

The Mariposa Outdoor Library Project includes five installation sites at Title I schools in Maricopa County and one installation with a First Things First Family Resource Center. The collaboration includes: Alhambra USD- Maryville Elementary; Glendale Community College Early Childhood Learning Lab; Peoria USD – Desert Palms Elementary; Avondale ESD – Lattie Coor Head Start; and Avondale Family Resource Center; joining the Desert Botanical Gardens Great Milkweed Grow Out project.

The project is funded through grants and donations made to Valley of the Sun Early Childhood Association, a Chapter of Arizona AEYC. School districts provide on-site installation support and the schools organize volunteers – both staff and parent committees - to participate in the planning, installation and maintenance of the library gardens.

Foundations in early literacy are critical to the success of the child in school and in life. Literacy is the gateway, the catalyst that breaks the cycle of poverty.

Mariposa Library Garden

Valley of the Sun Early Childhood Association ( was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1974 with the mission of serving children, families and educators in greater Phoenix and Maricopa County. We are a dedicated group of professionals that work to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

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