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Early Learning Academy is offered at these two locations:



How do I register? 


Registration for the 2024 – 2025 school year will open on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.   


Please review the following information before submitting a registration form.


Registration for the Mary Frank Early Learning Academy and the Horizon Early Learning Academy will be open to PHM resident families ONLY beginning January 16, 2024. ONLINE applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


Beginning February 7, 2024, non-resident families may begin registering for any remaining spots available. 


 *** If you do not live within PHM boundaries, please wait until February 7, 2024 to complete the registration form.  Any spots that remain available on February 7, 2024 will be filled on a first come, first served basis. ***




The non-refundable registration fee of $60 is due before your child is officially registered into the Early Learning Academy.  The fee can be dropped off at the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


    In addition to submitting the online registration form (linked at the bottom of the page), you will need to provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and two proofs of residency (mortgage/lease/rental statement and a current utility bill). Instructions on where to send these documents are found on the electronic registration form.  School front office staff will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.


    Who is eligible to apply? 

    The child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024 to attend during the 2024 – 2025 school year. Youngsters who live in neighboring school districts are welcome to apply beginning February 7, 2024, if spots are available.  Please note – when non-resident preschool children are of age to attend Kindergarten, parents/guardians must apply for a spot during the P-H-M non-resident application process.  Attending the Early Learning Academy does not qualify non-resident students to automatically attend a P-H-M school.


    How many days a week does this program operate? 

    The program operates 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.


    What are the hours of operation? 

    Both ELA locations at Mary Frank and Horizon operate from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday. We follow the established P-H-M school calendar, including school closings and delays that may occur due to weather. 


    How much does it cost? 

    In addition to the non-refundable registration fee of $60, the cost for the  2024 – 2025 school year is $35 a day.  Cost includes full-day programming, a daily lunch and a snack.

    We do offer an option to pay fees online. Please click here for more details on how to pay Early Learning Academy fees online using e~Funds for Schools.


    What is the curriculum for the program? 

    Each location is served by a certified lead teacher, assisted by para-educators in the classroom setting. We use a research-based, early childhood program that builds strong foundations for school success focusing on each student’s social, emotional and cognitive learning through a variety of tools. Our preschoolers spend time in role-play which has shown to lead to higher measures of creativity and cognition. Students are exposed to learning through multiple intelligences including literacy, mathematics, socialization, foreign language/sign language, music, physical education, and the arts. Through fun, creative activities, we scaffold students through multiple levels of learning. 


    Watch this video highlighting how our professionally-staffed, full-time programs promote learning while encouraging creativity and problem solving. 


    Are either transportation service or Kids Club available? 

    We do not offer bus transportation to and from preschool. If it is necessary for your child to attend Kids Club (P-H-M’s child care services before and after school program), please indicate the need on the ELA application.


    Click here for the Mary Frank Early Learning Academy Registration Form for the 2024 – 2025 school year.


    Click here for the Horizon Early Learning Academy Registration Form for the 2024 – 2025 school year.


    Our Parent Handbooks cover many details. Click here to view them


    *Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view these PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website at this link www.get.adobe.com/reader/ to download your free version. If you need more help with Early Learning Academy information, please call the P-H-M Educational Services Center at (574) 259-7941.