Early Education Centers
What we do
Here at Horizons, we close the learning and developmental gap for young homeless children. Early childhood education creates lifelong positive effects, both for individual children and our society as a whole. Research shows that early education is critically important; children who lack access to these programs are far more likely to experience developmental delays, learning disabilities, health problems, and other challenges.
Through our three early education centers located in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain, we provide access to a stimulating and nurturing early education experience – the kind that every child deserves. Our program produces happy, confident children who are poised for success and able to keep pace with their peers.
How we operate
Our early education centers operate year-round from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Every Horizons classroom has a bilingual teacher and support staff that is specially trained to address the unique circumstances homeless children face. While the children are in the classroom, Horizons’ Family Advocates work closely with parents to help get them back on their feet by providing services ranging from parenting and financial literacy classes to connections with educational opportunities.
Our quality standards
Based on the standard Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) rankings used by the Department of Early Education and Care, our centers have a Level 3 ranking, which puts Horizons among the top five percent of programs statewide. Our programs are fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum is further strengthened by enrichment activities in topics ranging from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines to music.
Through our Next School Initiative in our Family Partnership Program, we maintain partnerships with the Boston Public Schools and local Catholic schools to facilitate kindergarten placements when kids transition out of our program. For the 2016-2017 school year, we supported 42 families in kindergarten placements for their children.
If you’re interested in becoming a classroom volunteer, we have a limited need across our three early education centers. The requirement is two hours each week for six months.
If you’re interested, please email Kelsey Palder for more information.