Brooklyn Preschool earned a 2017 Partnership School Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. Brooklyn Preschool was recognized for making excellent progress in strengthening and sustaining a comprehensive program of school, family, and community partnerships.
Brooklyn Preschool, a member of NNPS, provided detailed descriptions of specific strategies that help to engage more and different families in ways that support school improvement goals for student success. NNPS looks for evidence of good program development including teamwork, leadership, goal-linked plans for action, implementation, evaluation, and network connections.
“Brooklyn Preschool is applying research-based approaches to strengthen its welcoming climate and to engage parents and community partners in ways that improve student attendance, behavior, achievement, health, high school graduation rates, and other student outcomes,” said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, Director of NNPS.
One successful community outreach activity was the Pollock with Papas. This event was in collaboration with the Cleveland Children’s Museum. The museum educators presented a story and artwork by Jackson Pollock and then the students created both canvas artwork in Pollock’s style using string as well as sculptures using clay and wire. Finally, a special snack was served of pretzels, pudding, and punch.
Our next event will occur on September 7th called Parents’ Night Out!: Conscious Discipline. This event will provide information about social-emotional development to caregivers while students will participate in Yoga for Young’uns concurrently.