PreK Initiative

Harley PreKOur PreK sites offer a transformative, educational summer enrichment program serving low-income public school students with a broad range of academic abilities. Our students spend six weeks, five days a week from 8:30 AM to 3 PM engaged in a program that blends high quality academics with cultural enrichment and confidence-building activities, including swimming. For summer 2016, GRSLA aims to serve 190 PreK children through various local Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).

The PreK program employs the High Scope Curriculum used in the RCSD Universal PreK (UPK) program. High Scope is a research-based, child-focused program that uses active participatory learning. The teaching staff design lessons with educational goals to engage the children’s development in early literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), movement experiences, and social-emotional development.

The children are active learners, using engaging classroom materials and environments to plan, carry out and reflect upon these activities. Teaching staff arrange interest areas, maintain daily routine, and actively join the children in their activities by asking questions and extending children’s learning. The High Scope curriculum requires age-appropriate time for large and small motor activity. Additionally, we teach all of our PreK students to swim.