Joshua Group Preschool Program
Recognizing that a quality preschool education is core to our mission and one of the most pressing needs in Harrisburg, the Joshua Group provides a half-day Preschool Program from Head Start’s waiting list, for 3, 4 and 5 year olds from low-income families living in the city of Harrisburg. By the time low-income city children start kindergarten, those without preschool experience tend to fall behind, especially in reading skills. The Joshua Group Preschool Program offers a kindergarten readiness curriculum, focuses on academic and social development, and utilizes pre-reading software designed to enrich vocabulary and ensure reading readiness. The classes are staffed by qualified, nurturing teachers and offer a small student-to-teacher ratio to better provide the individual help the children need. The 3-year-old class is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons; the pre-K class is offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons.
Joshua Group’s EITC Pre-K Scholarship Program provides full scholarships for the Joshua Group Preschool Program for qualifying low-income families and intentionally targets children most at risk of entering school both academically and socially unprepared, such as children from neighborhood shelters and soup kitchens.