FOCUS AND MISSION
Formerly known as Growing Together Preschool, Penn PALS Community Preschool honors the same mission: Serving youngsters with special needs in an inclusive setting with their preschool peers, while providing them appropriate challenge, support, and accommodation.
PALS stands for Promoting Academic Learning Skills to reflect the program’s focus on educational readiness. Some other words to describe the Penn PALS experience are IMAGINE, EXPLORE, and ENGAGE! Youngsters who attend Penn PALS Community Preschool at P-H-M learn and grow!
To promote kindergarten readiness for students, we will provide a curriculum crucial for development that includes cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language activities, in an atmosphere conducive to academic and social engagement.
We will continue to utilize the ISTAR-KR Standards based on the Indiana Kindergarten Standards, SPARK, Everyday Mathematics, Fundations, and Handwriting Without Tears.
Eligible students aged 2-½ to 5 years of age, may register directly at one the four schools listed below in the course of the school year. To determine eligibility and get more information, please call (574) 968-9600.
These four P-H-M Elementary Schools host the preschool program:
- Bittersweet Elementary School
- Elm Road Elementary School
- Elsie Rogers Elementary School
- Mary Frank Elementary School
Penn PALS Community Preschool
P-H-M Exceptional Education Division
55900 Bittersweet Road
Mishawaka IN 46545
Gena L. Todd, Director Exceptional Education
Caroline Brill, Preschool Coordinator