PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program is a true quality, not-for-profit, licensed, Keystone Stars designated, early care and education program for children three months to five years old. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children.
PreSchool PLUS is a learning community (children, families, practitioners, board members, and other community advocates/stakeholders/partners) that provides an environment which immerses our children in a warm, joyful, creative, and safe learning experience. We empower children through creativity and discovery to think for themselves while considering others.
At PreSchool PLUS we provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for our children. We believe in learning through play with a balance between independence and structure. Our program addresses the whole child: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and psychological development. Our multicultural, diverse, age-appropriate instructional approach stresses the importance of respecting and honoring all children as individuals.
PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program, incorporated in 1985, is an early learning program located in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. From the earliest days at PreSchool PLUS our goal has consistently been is to ensure our program represents the best attributes in child care.
PreSchool PLUS’s philosophy is based on a vision of young children as strong problem solvers, rather than as empty vessels to be filled. Therefore regular and ongoing life experiences, as practitioners and children “live” together in the center, are the basis for learning. Children learn in a holistic way, and consideration of social-emotional development is primary at the youngest ages and stages of development. Cognitive development is a part of the whole picture and is included in all that we do at PreSchool PLUS.
At PreSchool PLUS we have three mixed-age learning groups:
Infants/Young Toddlers, Older Toddlers and Big Kids. In each group the primary goals of the curriculum are to learn through play, to develop social skills, and to promote creative expression, understanding that positive relationships are needed for positive growth. We utilize a variety of experiences to accomplish these goals, including reading, arts and crafts, music/singing, dancing, dramatic/pretend play, blocks, puzzles, and other hands-on activities.
Each learning group or classroom is headed by two full-time practitioners: a lead and an assistant. The lead practitioner in each class either has a degree in early childhood education or is currently working on this degree. The assistants either hold a CDA or are currently working on this Child Development Associate Certification.
All age groups follow the PA Early Learning Standards for children three months through five years of age.
These include the key learning areas of approaches to learning through play (constructing, organizing and applying knowledge); creative thinking and expression; social studies thinking; health, wellness and physical development; cognitive thinking; mathematical thinking and expression; scientific thinking; early literacy foundations; partnerships for learning (families, learning environments and communities) and social and emotional development.