Starfall Education Foundation

Starfall strives to create a love of learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We provide free and low-cost educational resources that promote understanding, diversity, and compassion.

Starfall is the brain-child of Stephen Schutz. At age 9, Stephen was still struggling to read. What came easily for his peers required many more hours of his work. As a reader, he was consistently toward the bottom of his class. Now a PhD in physics and a successful publisher and artist, Dr. Schutz, with the help of his dedicated team, created Starfall to ensure today's children have resources that can help.


OCT 2002

Starfall "Learn to Read"Starfall "Level 1 Journal" "Learn to Read" opens with 15 books, 14 games, 5 movies, and offers free writing journals.

SEP 2003

Starfall "It's Fun to Read""It's Fun to Read", featuring the exceptionally popular new index "All About Me" debuts.

JAN 2004

Starfall StoreBy the end of 2003, Starfall Education has shipped 10 million writing journals free of charge to children around the world. The Starfall Store opens with a mission to provide high-quality educational materials at low cost.

MAR 2004

Image Starfall is the first website to be rated "highest" in their Early Elementary category by Children's Software & New Media Revue (Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2004).

SEP 2004

Starfall "I'm Reading" Starfall "ABCs" extends its content for younger and older readers with the "ABCs" and "I'm Reading" indices.

MAY 2006

ImageThe Reading Teacher names one of "Five internet sites too good to miss" (Volume 59, Issue 8).

SEP 2007

Starfall 180 has grown to over 180 activities, free to the public.

MAY 2009

Starfall Kindergarten CurriculumStarfall Education releases its research-based, field-tested Kindergarten Reading & Language arts program, Starfall Kindergarten.

SEP 2010

Wall Street Journal, September 2010The Wall Street Journal reports that no other website respects children's privacy better than ("On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking", September 17, 2010).

SEP 2010

Disney's Family Fun, September 2010 Disney's Family Fun lists Starfall in its “Top Ten Fun Websites”.

SEP 2010

Starfall ABC appStarfall enters the mobile age with Starfall ABCs for iPhone.

OCT 2010 opensStarfall's subscription website opens with all the content from Classic Starfall, plus colors, numbers, math, songs, rhymes, and even more reading activities.

AUG 2011

Time, 50 Websites that Make the Web GreatTime Magazine lists Starfall among "50 websites That Make the Web Great".

JUL 2012

All About Me app Learn to Read appStarfall Learn to Read app and Starfall All About Me app available for Apple and Android devices.

SEP 2012

More Starfall 2012Starfall doubles its Math and Reading content, meeting Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

OCT 2012

Starfall is 10 years celebrates 10 years.

MAR 2013

On for Learning Award from Common Sense and Learn to Read and All About Me apps win "On For Learning" awards from Common Sense Media.

APR 2013

More Starfall First GradeStarfall opens a First Grade Index on

JUL 2013

Starfall Pre KStarfall Education releases its field-tested, and research-based integrated curriculum: imagination and play—that's Starfall Pre-K!

FEB 2014

Starfall Pre KMetis Associates delivers their Evaluation of the Starfall Kindergarten Curriculum in Roaring Fork School District. Results of the study, available for download, show that a significantly larger proportion of Starfall students achieved proficiency or higher than did non-Starfall students.

SEP 2014 Top 70 Apps for FamiliesStarfall Education listed in the 70 Best Apps for Families by Parents magazine.

JULY 2015

Starfall Education FoundationWe're now a non-profit: Starfall Education Foundation

Our Team

Starfall is supported by the Polis-Schutz family. Stephen Schutz and poet Susan Polis Schutz founded Blue Mountain Arts publishing company in 1970 and together with their son Jared Polis, created the popular e-greeting card company, The Polis-Schutz family shares a passion for education. Susan Polis Schutz was a teacher in New Jersey and New York City in the 1960s. Jared Polis served on the Colorado State Board of Education (2000-2006). Although Stephen Schutz had difficulty learning to read, he went on to graduate from MIT and earn a PhD in physics from Princeton University.

Starfall is produced by a dedicated and talented international team of educators, writers, artists, designers, animators, musicians, and programmers led by Brandi Chase. Roger Wilson leads our computer engineering team. Jamison Hill leads our customer service team.

Starfall Education 2014


Joan Elliott, Pam Ferguson, Stephanie Riess and the Starfall Teacher Corps: Kathryn Andrus, Mary Deeley, Kathy Faber, Danielle Fox, Angela Frierson and Lourdes Milan

Artists, Designers, + Developers:

Brandon Barnes, Dale Beisel, Marc Buchanan, Kimberly Cooper, Craig Deeley, Faith Gowan, Ryan Hightower, Patrick Colin Hill, Raymond Hollowell, Terrence Keller, Kristofer Lee, Kevan Mills, Art and Gina Morgan


Randy Graves, Keith Heldman and Richard James


Steve Patschke and Greg Boubel

Quality Assurance

Jon Leyba

Customer Service

Kira Gowan, Connor Fleming, Martha Menk and the entire Boulder Office


Starfall would not be possible without the support of Kerry DeZell and the warehouse team at Blue Mountain Arts.

Over the years important contributions have been made by Karen Bidgood, Dr. Karen Cole, Judy Goetze, Stefan Gruber, John Hesterman, Heather Hogan, David Lebow, Debby Lee, Frank Lee, Darla Marquez, Michael Ramirez, Jared Ramos and Triska Wasser.

Environmental Commitment

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. Our Boulder, Colorado office recycles, composts, and gets energy through solar panels on our roof. Our goal is to create the best possible product for you and the earth.

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