My daughter attended this program in Grant School for a month and learned a ton. I then took a job which conflicted with the program's hours and had to put my daughter in day care for an academic year and she was a mess until she began the program again in the following fall. She is just four and her recognition of letters and numbers is astounding - not to mention overall manners and behavior and confidence improved greatly from the structure and respect they teach in the classroom.
Teachers really know their "stuff"... not about the classroom proceedings or daily routines, but about what types of behaviours need addressing and why the students are doing such things. They offer advice and assistance to nurture my daughter in a empowering voice.
My daughter is pre-school, Head Start, and has few assignments she brings home. Some of those that are brought home, are really just reinforcements of what they learning in the classroom - letter recognition and numbers/counting. I'm grateful that the teachers are creating the foundation for my daughter so that I, as a working mom, don't have to. And still I can be involved in helping my daughter learning
My daughter doesn't give up when she is faced with challenges. I believe this comes from the confidence built in the classroom, either from direct discussion about persistence and encouragement or from providing a loving and non-judgmental environment
The teachers have taught my daughter appropriate "language" to help express her feelings of anger, disappointment or sorrow, rather than throwing tantrums or hitting. The class is organized and structured and my daughter loves going to school, opposite to when I had her in daycare, which she hated and I had switched her to several different day care schools before I got her into the Head Start at Grant.
This school is really nice and the staff has some changes for the better. There is speech therapy and special ed. for autistic children which is very nice. The Headstart teachers give it their all to make sure the children are safe. There is breakfast and lunch and snack for the kids. The parks are fenced in which to me is a safety plus!