Our high-quality learning environments include specifically organized spaces for children to explore a variety of concepts, within various learning centers. As you enter each classroom, you will be greeted by the teacher, find individual cubbies for children’s belongings, tables for projects, play and meal time activities. Each classroom also has an area for group meeting time and story-time where children can explore and discuss current classroom topics and gather for music time or large motor activities such as stretching or yoga. Children are given the opportunity to choose between learning centers including; block & construction, Library & Media, Math & Manipulatives, Science & Nature, and Dramatic Play & Housekeeping. Writing and literacy is also an important aspect that is incorporated into the entire learning environment through formal and informal methods. Children will find their environment labeled with words, represented in the primary language of every child in the classroom, as well as pencils, clipboards and other writing utensils in every learning center, so that children have the opportunity to write, draw or scribble whenever they are inspired to express themselves.
Pride & Joy has an open-door policy that allows parents to access their children at any time during the day, and offers support services to families such as adapting to attending a UPK Program, and transitioning into an elementary school program. Throughout the year, parents and families are invited to participate in the program in a variety of ways such as pre-planned family events and holiday celebrations, or to join us in the classroom for regular instruction as a parent helper, reader, or field trip volunteer. Parents are also invited to assist in operating book fairs, picture day, and open-houses. Literacy Kits, math kits, and a take home “class pet” are available for parents and children to take home, to foster a home-school connection, for families that are not able to take advantage the opportunities that take place during program hours. Parents may also request time to meet, if they would like to connect with their child’s teacher outside of instruction time.