MELA to the MAX: Support Our Pre-Kindergarten!
Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy is a public charter school located in Maple Grove, MN, serving approximately 230 students in kindergarten through grade 5. We are committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in underserved communities. Our mission is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.
We are currently serving Kindergarten through Fifth grade, and will expand to add Pre-Kindergarten in the Spring. MELA to the MAX donations will allow us to work toward closing the educational gaps found in students entering Kindergarten.
"A large body of research shows that low-income children often begin kindergarten behind their peers. As a result, many states have sought to bridge this readiness gap through pre-k programs... A five-state study of pre-k programs found statistically significant gains for pre-k children in early language, literacy and math development." (http://bit.ly/PreKinder_research)
MELA's 4 year old pre-kindergarten program builds on a child’s natural curiosity. Learning is explored through play, inquiry, wonder, and friendship. A child’s own questions are invitations to extend their learning and explore a topic deeply in a way that they learn best. The learning environment invites children to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them. Our teachers design learning opportunities and experiences to meet the unique social, emotional, cognitive and physical development needs while embedding key academic skills. A strong-sense of self is developed through building community and nurturing peer-to-peer and child-teacher relationships.