In communities overwhelmed with poverty, many of the children begin school without the foundation that they need to succeed. But thanks to the Police Athletic League, these kids now have a fighting chance.
PAL’s Early Childhood Education program prepares children with a cognitive foundation prior to entering kindergarten and includes opportunities for children with disabilities throughout its centers, which include PAL Carey Gardens, PAL La Puerta Abierta, PAL World of Creative Experiences, PAL Roberta Bright, and the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Early Learning Program.
“Preparing our children and families for success through quality early education is our priority,” said Asneth Council, Ph.D., PAL director of Child Care and Nutrition.
PAL integrates Head Start programs, Daycare, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, which provides the children with the tools they need to succeed. The children are exposed to science, music, and dance in their classrooms, and also have the opportunity to plant their own garden in the spring. They are also equipped with recognition of the alphabet, letter sounds, and counting skills.
Parents have a pal, too! Moms and dads can volunteer in the classroom, kitchen, on trips, and attend monthly family workshops, as well as take part in literacy efforts.
“PAL is a lifesaver. It provides me with access to affordable childcare that I wouldn’t be able to get otherwise,” said dad Mr. Covington, who volunteers in the Daddy Read to Me Day event.
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Police Athletic League (www. palny