Now that a new school year has arrived, U-GRO Learning Centres recognizes more than ever the importance of sending our students to kindergarten fully prepared! We are proud to announce that 95.7% of U-GRO students entering kindergarten this year meet or exceed PA standards for kindergarten readiness! At U-GRO, learning is a priority. This is the third consecutive year that U-GRO students have earned a kindergarten readiness result higher than 93%, with the 2016-17 score of 96.8% and the 2015-16 score of 93.5%.
According to Leslie Marley, the Director of Education and Curriculum, “It is our pleasure to partner with our students’ families to create a foundation for success in school and in life. Congratulations to our students, their families and our teachers on achieving this tremendous result!
At U-GRO, we use PA State Early Learning Standards to measure curriculum and educational programming effectiveness. Established by the PA Department of Education, kindergarten readiness is measured in the following developmental areas:
U-GRO’s preschool curriculum helps children master crucial skills in these key areas, including our Life Skills program and Blended Model® curriculum. Life Skills supports social-emotional and physical development. Children learn skills like practicing self-motivation, expressing and controlling emotions, and respecting and supporting others.
Play and learning go hand-in-hand during early education years, which is why U-GRO’s proprietary Blended Model® curriculum combines child-led discovery activities with teacher-led activities. This approach allows children to exceed developmental benchmarks needed for the classroom and life.
In addition, U-GRO educators work alongside area public school districts to create a curriculum in which students can successfully transition to kindergarten.