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.
PennPALS Community Preschool is a half-day program. It is only open to P-H-M resident students (students must live within the P-H-M district).
OPERATING HOURS, AGE REQUIREMENTS & PRICING:
- Ages 2 & 3 (child must be two by March 1, 2017)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- $100 per month (for two days a week) + $30.00 fees per semester
- Ages 3 & 4 (child must be three by September 1, 2017)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., $100 per month (for two days a week) + $30.00 fees per semester
- Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., $115 per month (for 3 days a week) + $40.00 per semester
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., $115 per month for 3 days a week) + $40.00 per semester
- Ages 3 ½ – 5 (child must be 3 1/2 by September 1, 2017)
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
- $115 per month (for 3 days a week) + $40.00 per semester
- Ages 4 & 5 (child must be four by September 1, 2017)
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays,12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
$130 per month for (4 days a week) + $50.00 per semester
These four P-H-M Elementary Schools host a Penn PALS preschool program:
- Bittersweet Elementary School
- Elm Road Elementary School
- Elsie Rogers Elementary School
- Mary Frank Elementary School
2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 – MAY 25, 2017
Penn PALS follows the P-H-M vacation and recess days schedule. P-H-M schools & Penn PALS will not be in session during the dates listed below:
|September 4||Labor Day|
|October 27, 30||Fall Recess|
|November 23-24||Thanksgiving Recess|
|December 25-January 5||Winter Recess|
|January 15||Martin Luther King Holiday|
|February 16, 19||Recess Day, Presidents’ Day Holiday|
|March 30||Recess Day|
|April 2-6||Spring Recess|
When bad weather occurs, tune into local TV stations. If Penn-Harris-Madison schools are closed, Penn PALS is also closed. If there is a 2-hour delay, there will NOT be morning preschool.
Parents can register their students at the preschool location at which they would like their child to attend. Please bring these items with you at the time of registration:
- $60.00 non-refundable registration fee. Please make checks payable to Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
- birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency are required
- Registration information
Please make checks payable to Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. Tuition is due the first week of each month. A tuition envelope will be provided by your child’s teacher. A receipt will be issued for cash payments. There will be no refunds for days absent. If payment is more than 30 days late, please make arrangements for payment with your child’s teacher or Site Coordinator.
Penn PALS Community Preschool
P-H-M Exceptional Education Division
55900 Bittersweet Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545
- click to email Caroline Brill, Preschool Coordinator
- click to email Gena L. Todd, Director Exceptional Education
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