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Cultural Alliance Awards $11,500 to Pre-K Arts Programs


PHILADELPHIA – September 6, 2017 – Two programs that have successfully infused early learning with arts and culture in ways that spark young children’s creativity will receive awards this fall as part of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Arts and Pre-K Excellence Awards. 

“The Arts and Pre-K Excellence Awards recognize innovative Pre-K programming here in Philadelphia,” says Cultural Alliance president Maud Lyon. “Thanks to the Kenney administration’s emphasis on Pre-K, Philadelphians can clearly see the importance of early childhood education, and nowhere is that more evident than in the programs we’re highlighting through the Arts and Pre-K Excellence Awards. We hope these awards, along with our research report Agenda: Pre-K, inspire more Pre-K providers to embrace arts-based learning.” 

The Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program, part of Settlement Music School and winner of the $3,500 Pre-K Provider award, is a nationally recognized preschool that features an innovative arts-integrated curriculum. With its award, Kaleidoscope will fund professional development opportunities for its teachers and field trips for its students.

“Settlement Music School is most grateful to have been named the recipient of the Pre-K Excellence Award from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance,” said Tarrell Davis, Director of Early Childhood Programs at Settlement. “We are incredibly proud of the curriculum we developed for our Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program and it is a joy to see firsthand the impact that music, art, and creative movement can have on our youngest learners.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is receiving an $8,000 award to develop an early literacy program with the People’s Emergency Center that will provide opportunities for creative play and positive bonding to children in Powelton Village who are experiencing the stress of homelessness. The award will also support professional development for museum staff on the topic of trauma-informed care.

The Arts and Pre-K Excellence Awards are presented in partnership with Public Citizens for Children & Youth and with lead support from PECO. Additional major support for Agenda: Pre-K has been provided by PNC Grow Up Great. Bluebeards Original has provided additional support for the Arts in Pre-K Excellence Awards.

Learn more about Agenda: Pre-K