What is the Joyful Learning Preschool?
Beginning in 1993, children between ages two and five from the Indiranagar slum have come to the Joyful Learning Preschool six days a week, gaining an academic and social head start before starting primary school. Preschool starts daily with a walk through the slum to gather the children from their homes. During this time, teachers visit the families, directly observe their health situations, and inquire about any community updates. These visits are integral in establishing a caring relationship between CRHP and the community. The children are welcomed into the main schoolroom with songs and speak Marathi, the local language, and English during instruction. Throughout the day, students have lessons, play with educational toys, and practice the alphabet and counting. A nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack are served to each child, many of whom without this sustenance would be malnourished. The children leave the preschool well prepared for primary school, which is a privilege rarely enjoyed by children from slums. Local teachers delightfully say they can always tell the children that come from CRHP’s Joyful Learning Preschool.
Who does the Joyful Learning Preschool serve?
The Preschool provides a safe environment for adequate nutrition, social development, and creativity for approximately 60 children of Indiranagar slum every year. Additionally, the head instructor tracks families’ health situations and provided basic medical advice to families. By sending their children to preschool, mother can return to work sooner and siblings can stay in school longer. Furthermore, the Preschool helps build trust between CRHP and the slum community so that they can help individuals organize themselves into women’s groups, men’s groups, and adolescent groups.
What are the goals of the Joyful Learning Preschool?
- To provide nutritious meals to children in Indiranagar slum during critical stages of growth
- To prepare children for primary school
- To provide a safe space for children to learn and develop so that older siblings are able to go back to school and parents back to work instead of staying home with the younger siblings and children
- To provide health checkups and health information to preschool aged children and their families in Indiranagar slum