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P-H-M’s “Return to Learn Plan” has elementary students, PreK – 3rd grade, returning In-Person starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Early Learning Academy will be offered in-person if parents choose. Please click for more information.


During this time, ELA will be offered 8:25 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. On P-H-M  2-hour delay days, Early Learning Academy will operate on a 2-hour delay starting at 10:25 a.m.


Launched in the fall of 2014 at Mary Frank Elementary School, the program enjoyed a very successful first year.  A second Early Learning Academy (ELA) opened at Horizon Elementary School in August of 2015. We now operate ELA at these two school locations.


How do I register? 
Please check back in February for registration information. Applications are accepted throughout the school year but are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


Who is eligible to apply? 
The child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021 to attend during the 2021-2022 school year. There is no residency requirement. Youngsters who live in neighboring school districts are welcome to apply.  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. 


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.


Our Parent Handbooks cover many details and are available here:

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