Six-year-old Nathan Howard is beginning to speak in full sentences. He’s even asking a few questions. His mom, Amanda, sees these as major milestones, achievements that wouldn’t have been possible even a year ago. Nathan is autistic and has a significant speech delay. He is easily over-stimulated and can’t process background noise, making it difficult for him to focus and interact in a traditional classroom.
But now, thanks to Arizona’s education savings account program, which deposits Nathan’s portion of state education funding into an account his mom can use for a variety of education services, Nathan is attending Lauren’s Institute for Education. The private school groups students by age and development, and Nathan is one of just five students in his class, allowing him to get the one-on-one attention he needs.
“I can’t afford to send my son to Lauren’s out of pocket,” says Amanda. But with the education savings account, Nathan is getting the education services he needs, and Amanda is hoping to hear a lot more questions.