About Starfall Education Foundation
Starfall Education Foundation is a publicly supported nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3). We create free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We teach through positive reinforcement to ensure children become confident, intrinsically motivated, and successful.
Starfall's founder Stephen Schutz never forgot his childhood struggle to read. As an adult he was naturally motivated to create a resource to help children like himself. The Starfall website opened on August 27, 2002 after two years of development. The concept was to create an environment "Where Children Have Fun Learning to Read™." The website was offered to the public completely free. Starfall expanded to become a fully developed kindergarten English and Language Arts curriculum and a comprehensive pre-K curriculum. Over the years the Starfall website's offerings have grown in the number of songs, books, and mathematics activities extending to second grade. In 2012 Starfall began providing its activities as apps for mobile devices. It is now a place where any child can learn reading and mathematics through exploration.
On July 1, 2015, the Polis-Schutz family donated their full interest in Starfall to the Starfall Education Foundation after supporting the project as a social enterprise for 15 years. The Polis-Schutz family shares a passion for education. Stephen's wife, Susan Polis Schutz, was a teacher in New Jersey and New York City in the 1960s. Their oldest son, Jared Polis, served on the Colorado State Board of Education (2000-2006) and started two other educational non-profits. As a publicly supported non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Starfall continues this tradition of public service.
Major Update to the Starfall Parent-Teacher CenterApr. 2023
Starfall rebuilds its educator website from the ground up! The update brings powerful search tools for worksheets, improved visuals, intuitive navigation, and new grade-specific guides to using Starfall's free and member resources.
Secular Homeschool AwardMar. 2023
Starfall earns the Secular Homeschool Award for Best Preschool Curriculum from Homeschool.com.
Starfall Updated for AndroidJun. 2022
After the growing popularity of subscriptions on iOS, Starfall launches an updated Android app including subscriptions on Google Play.
Starfall Grows Into 4th and 5th GradesDec. 2021
Starfall expands into new territory, adding advanced activities and games for grades 4 and 5. The new learning hub launches with two sections: English and Math. Available initially on the Starfall.com website only.
Starfall on iOS UpgradedOct. 2020
Grade 1, 2, and 3 content arrives on the Starfall App for iOS, as found on the Starfall website. The new app also supports an in-app subscription option for individual home users.
Remote Access for Enrolled StudentsAug. 2020
Starfall releases a new Group Access feature for all School, Classroom, and Teacher members to support remote learning for the 20-21 school year.
Courtesy Access as Schools CloseMay 2020
As schools face closure due to COVID-19, Starfall begins sending courtesy home access codes to educators for distribution to students. Over 700,000 codes issued.
Continued Expansion of Advanced ContentFeb. 2020
Starfall continues content updates for Grades 1, 2, and 3 with new activities featuring grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and parts of speech.
HowToHomeschool.net AwardDec. 2019
Starfall wins Best Homeschool Curriculum and Resources award from HowToHomeschool.net
Accessible IndexAug. 2019
Starfall expands features for accessibility with an all-new fully accessible index, featuring keyboard-friendly activities, closed-captions, and visual descriptions.
Expanded ELA ContentJun. 2019
Starfall expands English Language Arts content for Grades 1, 2, and 3, beginning with Nouns and Verbs.
Revised Store and Parent-Teacher CenterApr. 2019
The Starfall Store and Parent-Teacher Center are streamlined and updated to improve usability.
HTML5 Conversion!Feb. 2019
Completed the website conversion from Flash to HTML5 and video of over 700 Starfall animated activities. HTML5 made Starfall available on mobile browsers whereas previously it was only available through mobile apps.
Board of Directors
Stephen Schutz Ph.D., Chairman and Founder
Joel Citron, Board Member
Myrna Estes, Board Member
Greg Harfst, Board Member
Gina Nocera, Board Member
Jordanna Polis Schutz, Board Member
Roger Wilson, President*
Jay Grodin J.D., Secretary
Paul Knutson CPA, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Diana Temple, Assistant Treasurer
Mark Misiano CPA, Assistant Secretary*
Led by Stephen Schutz, Roger Wilson, Helen Parker, Deanna Berget, and Mark Misiano, Starfall is produced by a dedicated and talented team of educators, writers, artists, designers, animators, musicians, programmers, quality engineers, and systems specialists.
Led by Gina Morgan. Supported by Brandon Barnes, Dale Beisel, Craig Deeley, Terrence Keller, Art Morgan, and Julie Quinsay.
Led by Steve D. Schulz. Supported by Matt Augustin, Nathan Drobnack-Ortiz, and Ashley Rice.
Publications and Outreach
Led by Marc Buchanan. Supported by Angel Frierson.
Led by Karen Sutherland. Supported by Alicia Taylor and Joshua Wood.
Led by Martha Menk. Supported by Shelbi Richman.
Led by Greg Boubel. Supported by K. Lee and Matt Reese.
Led by Jon Leyba. Supported by Bret Riner.
Led by Steve Patschke. Supported by Rick Roberts.
Show More Acknowledgments
Starfall would not be possible without the support of the Blue Mountain Arts warehouse team.
Over the years important contributions have been made by Alicia Ahlstrom, Trish Audet, Fe Baran, Karen Bidgood, Patty Brown, Matt Bunning, Dr. Karen Cole, Dan Chao, Kimberly Cooper, Kerry DeZell, Taylor Diltz, Joan Elliott, Wendy Elterman, Hawk Eppler Zindell, Kathy Faber, Pam Ferguson, Flexis (Vasiliy Chernykh, Pavel Didenko, Ilya Stremovsky, and Alexander Tsyplikhin), Judy Goetze, Faith Gowan, Kira Gowan, Stefan Gruber, Jamison Hill, P. Colin Hill, Ryan Hightower, Raymond Hollowell, John Hesterman, Heather Hogan, Smita Khatri, David Lebow, Debby Lee, Frank Lee, Meagan Little, Tiffanie Mahan, Florence Marino, Darla Marquez, Kevan Mills, Lindsey Ortiz, Zach Palmer, Michael Ramirez, Jared Ramos, Stephanie Riess, Julie Roland, Jason Truxal, Triska Wasser, Hallye Webb, and Loree Wilcox. We give special recognition and thanks to Brandi Chase our founding Executive Director 2002 to 2016. Thank you.
Original music and arrangements by Randin Graves. Additional arrangements by Marty Brinsko, Keith Heldman, and Mike Thompson. Richard James arranged music for the Silly Turkey, Pick a Pumpkin, and Find a Four Leaf Clover activities.
Starfall is committed to reducing our impact on the environment. For the products we manufacture, we choose non-toxic inks and recycled or sustainably sourced paper whenever possible. We design to minimize our use of plastics. We seek US manufacturers first to minimize transportation impact. Our goal is to create the best possible product for you and the earth.
P.O. Box 359
Boulder, CO 80306