Tucson Community School Needs Your Help
Throughout the history of Tucson Community School, our program has faced many challenges. However, our beloved school has met each obstacle and overcame with the support and generosity of our community. As we continue to navigate the recovery period after COVID-19, we are relying on the support of our past families to help us rebuild and move forward. TCS has made it past 70 years and our goal is to continue or magical tradition for more decades to come.
If you are wondering about how you can best support TCS, please reach out to the director at scastillo@tucsoncommunity school, to discuss the needs of our program and our current fundraising goals.
4 Reasons to Support Tucson Community School
You are supporting a thriving community! There is continuing need for high quality preschool in Tucson and TCS provides it. That’s why enrollment is higher today than it was before the pandemic and the school is completely full for the 2022-23 school year.
We want the best teachers! Help us increase the endowment so we can provide funds to augment teacher pay. Hiring high quality preschool teachers has become more competitive in Pima County since the county created grant-funded positions to expand access to high quality preschools. This means new jobs for preschool teachers, many of them at higher paying district schools. TCS offers much to teachers that many district schools don’t—a commitment to a play-based, child-directed program, amazing classrooms and outdoor spaces, and, of course, the participation of families in the cooperative model. In addition to these advantages, a wage that is more competitive would help ensure that we keep the amazing teachers we have and attract new ones when necessary.
TCS impacts the community and changes lives! Building social skills and parenting skills, intellectual curiosity and friendship, the school makes a difference. One parent wrote: “As an early childhood teacher educator, I did a lot of searching when it was time to pick a preschool. I knew I wanted an emphasis on outdoor play and inquiry-based learning which still had structure and routines. This is our third year at Tucson Community School and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things that has happened to our son. His teachers have been kind, caring, and extremely gifted in their teaching and he has thrived socially, emotionally and academically. TCS is more than just ‘our son’s school’—it is our community and extended family and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” A TUSD teacher said, “We can always tell who went to TCS. They communicate so well!”
Your donations matter! Alumni and community donations helped keep the school solvent during the period of closure due to Covid-19. Contributions to capital projects, scholarships and the endowment have kept the school aligned with the goals of the school community, the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. Be a part of the TCS giving community. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the school, invest in the future of our children, our school and our community!
With the rising cost of higher education along with maintaining buildings and grounds and the cost of living, providing quality care comes at a great expense. Non-profits like Tucson Community School heavily rely on charitable contributions to not only survive but to thrive.