b'making great stridesJOHN SCHLAGEL & BONNIE SCHLAGEL EMILY SCOTT FRED SENN JANE SIMON & GEZA SIMON TANYA SKOGERBOE & BROOKS GOLDADE JAMES SMITH & JOANNE SMITH AARON SOJOURNER MARGIE SOLOMON JIM SPARKS & ANNA SCHMALZBAUER JACQUELINE SPIES ANDREA STERN MARY KAY STRANIK MISCHA SUEMNIG TODD SWANSON TAMERA TESKY AUSEN & TRAVIS AUSENA Donor Story: ALEX THALER JILL THOMPSONInvesting in Early LearningLAURA TIFFANY AL TROSTEL & PARKER TROSTELGreg Pearsons mother spent her career working as a teacher NINA TUTTLE & JOHN TUTTLEand preschool director in early childhood education so hes RICA VANknown from an early age the positive impact high-quality MAY VANG SUA VANGteachers and programs have on a child.GARY VARS & JUDITH VARS SARAH WADE & SCOTT WADEI think through the recent crisis, all parents have gained a SHARON WAGNER PEG WANGENSTEEN &deeper understanding of what the teachers of their children DOUG WANGENSTEENgo through on a daily basis. They are truly heroes and deserve JANET WARDbetter support systems, Pearson said.SARAH WERNER-MARTINEZ STEPHANIE WILLIAMS & BUKER AHMED JOHN WINDHORSTLater in life, he discovered the economic work of Art Rolnick W. GARY WINGET & CHERYL WINGETand Rob Grunewald, which shows that investing in early DIANE WOLFSONchildhood programs is one of the highest ROI investments we MARILYN WOLKERSTORFER & JOHN WOLKERSTORFERcan make with our tax dollars. He then learned about Think SUZANNE WYCKOFF & PETE WYCKOFFSmall and its mission of advancing quality care and education JAMES WYMAN & KATHY WYMANof children in their crucial early years.KANSHEE YANG BARBARA YATES CANDACE YATESI was very impressed with how the group was able to MARK & ANDREA ZUKORef ciently harness public and private resources to make a huge difference for young kids, he said.As a parent of a two-year-old and four-year-old, the work of Think Small has become even more personally important to him.My wife and I are invested in trying to provide more families with the type of high-quality early learning experiences that we have been able to provide for our kids. The exciting thing is: not only is this the right thing to do morally, it is truly one of the best investments we can make with our private resources and public dollars.'