New pre-k program will prepare students for STEM

  • By Rachel McDevitt

(Harrisburg) — A new prekindergarten program in the midstate is believed to be the first to focus on STEM education.

The concentration on science, technology, engineering and math is meant to open future doors for the students.

The Head Start program will be free and open to children of low-income families. It’s scheduled to begin in the fall on the Millersville University campus.

Amanda Burns, coordinator of curriculum instruction for Lancaster County Head Start, says the program will give students a foundation for STEM programs at a higher level.

“It’s going to provide them opportunity to develop the exploration, the problem-solving skills, communication skills, collaboration skills with their peers,” Burns said.

Burns says STEM curricula are becoming more popular in school districts around the midstate, as demand grows for people to fill jobs.

She adds STEM will be integrated into a creative curriculum in this program. 

“They can go to the block area, explore STEM through blocks. They have an art area where they can explore science and technology even incorporated with art,” Burns said. 

The new classroom will be able to hold 18 students.

Enrollment is expected to open this spring.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County is driving the project, with the aid of federal funding, private donations, and grants from community foundations. 

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