AKWD preschool utilizes five foundational points to create our educational programs:
· Omnipresent Theme Curriculum · All Arts Incorporation · Activity-based Learning · Community Involvement · Global Consciousness
What distinguishes AKWD is THE HEART of our method. In bringing heart we find that “early-childhood education” also serves us well as a verb, remembering to educate about early-childhood, to teach, or bring to light, being very young. It is essential to remember during these most important formative years that the WHAT of information is tertiary to the HOW & WHY.
WHAT we teach must always be the matrix through which we are guiding our students to the truly important lessons of childhood; patience, perseverance, acceptance, and grace.
HOW we teach is the example by which students learn the lessons we truly hope to convey: Education is fun. Knowing is helpful and empowering. Respect, courtesy, sharing, humor, patience and curiosity are magnificent attributes. We show this by recalling that each of us is capable of full understanding in our own way. This does not define a limitation but clears a passage to further understanding.
WHY we teach is the most important of all. Motivation for teaching is key. Children are instinctual judges of character and are keenly aware of insincerity. It is essential that we enter into any project with them for the right reasons. All reasons for teaching are not equal, but the best reason is out of love. When we teach out of love; for our students, our selves, our very existence then we succeed in both education and nurturing our students.
At the heart of AKWD is the coming together of individuals to a unique process for specific and important reasons, the health and well being of our children - and by extension our own future. It is a secular act of faith, some expression of love.
A little History. The name AKWD comes from the phrase "any kid will do." The phrase "any kid will do" was originally written by artist and founding director, George E. Barrick as a humorous and heartfelt addition to a hand drawn nondiscrimination policy sign he was asked to make at his first job as a preschool teacher 20 years earlier. Over the years, the possible interpretations of the phrase, any kid is capable & any kid will participate, eventually permeated all aspects of his methods as an educator and director. In January of 2004, AKWD became a 501(C)3 nonprofit born of Barrick's overwhelming desire as a preschool educator to finally "get this right." Today AKWD is an innovative educational model. George Barrick passed away in 2008 but his project is carried on as a labor of love by original collaborators and some new friends as well.
The intention of AKWD is to assist young humans in appreciating their own ability in a respectful loving environment. By acknowledging the multiple intelligences and diverse strengths of each child our faculty of teachers and specialists introduce students to the value of questioning and exploring their immediate and expanding environments.
2021-22 year cost guidelines:
-3, 6 hour days @ $775 Per Month, Totaling $9,300 Per Year
-3, 8 hour days @ $895 Per Month, Totaling $10,740 Per Year
-3,10 hour days @ $1015 Per Month, Totaling $12,180 Per Year
-4, 6 hour days @ $870 Per Month, Totaling $10,440 Per Year
-4, 8 hour days @ $995 Per Month
Totaling $11,940 Per Year
-4,10 hour days @ $1125 Per Month
Totaling $13,500 Per Year
-5, 6 hour days @ $975 Per Month
Totaling $11,700 Per Year
-5, 8 hour days @ $1100 Per Month
Totaling $13,200 Per Year
-5,10 hour days @$1225 Per Month
Totaling $14,700 Per Year
In Philadelphia, subsidized child care is available for working families through the ELRC: Early Learning Resource Center . Working parents may be eligible for assistance with child care expenses if they meet the income guidelines. Log on to http://www.philadelphiachildcare.org/ for more information or call their hotline at 1-888-461-KIDS (5437) to find out if you are eligible!
At AKWD Preschool, admissions, the provision of services and referrals of clients shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin ( including limited English proficiency), age, or sex.