About Way to Grow
We know that by giving every child an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life, we will close the achievement gap, especially among those students most in need. To do that, we must first begin with parents. Children must be born healthy and stay healthy, while parents become active participants in their child’s wellness and education.With our unique and proven model, we use home visits and center-based programming to work directly with society’s most isolated children and their families. We help parents create an atmosphere of learning by teaching them how to access and navigate the systems that impact school and health, leading to greater parent engagement and self-sufficiency which, in turn, helps children find long-term, sustainable success in school and life.
About Our Preschool Program
Designed for Way to Grow children ages 3-5, Preschool Pals is a center-based class that teaches early literacy and language through math, science, and social studies. It uses an effective Response to Intervention model, music, and positive behavior management to promote social emotional development and reading readiness. The center is NAEYC accredited and has been awarded the highest 4 star rating by Parent Aware.
Ms. Gwen has been a teacher for over 5 years. She graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology. She worked as a Preschool Teacher in Saint Paul before moving to Hawaii to work as a therapist for children with autism. She enjoys working along side families to make sure their children receive the best education and resources possible to flourish in the early years. She joined Way to Grow in February 2023.
Ms. Marisa graduated High School two years ago. She has worked with the Summer School Program through the YMCA. She loves spending time with her dog in her free time. She became part of our preschool class in September 2022.
Mr. Willie is our fantastic bus driver. He has been driving our Way to Grow children for over 10 years.