Strong Community Partnerships Help Pine Ridge Prep Deliver Integrated Services

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Upon entering the doors of Pine Ridge Prep Preschool it doesn’t take long to realize that it is anything but a typical preschool. From the school uniforms to the monthly family nights to community events – it is evident Pine Ridge Prep is a unique and special place. Staff members are more like a family than co-workers and they all truly enjoy coming to work each day!

Pine Ridge Prep is a Topeka Public Schools preschool made possible through a grant from United Way of Greater Topeka, who is a recipient of Early Childhood Block Grant funding. Pine Ridge Prep serves children from Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education, and the community. The children play and grow together in the same classroom as they learn math, literacy, and social-emotional skills. The students receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack and enjoy outside play time.

Another feature unique to Pine Ridge Prep, parents sign a contract at the beginning of each year agreeing to volunteer at the school for a minimum of two hours each month. Pine Ridge Prep knows how important parent involvement is to a child’s success and offers parents numerous opportunities to achieve their volunteer hours. Some opportunities include, monthly family nights, Parent Tip Tuesdays, Breakfast and Bonding, Conscious Discipline, and parenting groups. Parents are also welcome in their child’s classroom at any time.

Pine Ridge Prep has strong partnerships throughout the Topeka community that ensure students, families, and the Pine Ridge Community are given the tools that they need to succeed. In 2014, Pine Ridge received the Ad Astra Award at the Kansas Housing Conference for “Excellence in Partnership,” as well as the 2014 National School Board Magnum Award. Pine Ridge Prep would not be where it is today without great partnerships!!