The Bezos Day 1 Academies Fund is a non-profit organization launching and operating a network of tuition-free, Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities. Directly operating the preschools creates an opportunity to learn, invent, and improve.

The Fund uses the same set of principles that have driven Amazon. Most important among those is a genuine, intense customer obsession. The child will be the customer. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” And lighting that fire early is a giant leg up for any child.

Our goal is to enable every child to become a creative leader, original thinker, and lifelong learner. Bezos Academy preschools offer year-round programming, five days a week, for children 3-5 years old. Admissions prioritizes low income families.

In selecting communities for our preschools, we consider a wide range of data, including income levels, participation in free and reduced-cost meal programs, and gaps in access to licensed childcare providers. We also look for local organizations and businesses that understand the needs of their community members, and are excited about the prospect of hosting a tuition-free, high-quality preschool in their neighborhood.

Families, communities, hosts, and school staff are essential partners in igniting the love of learning in every child. Thank you.