Early Childhood

Early Childhood Services

Learn how to prepare young children for school success through workshops and resources that extend the educational value of PBS KIDS Programming.

Helping Our Parents Excel (HOPE)

The Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation has presented Guardian House and KLRN with a grant to support implementation of the Helping Our Parents Excel (HOPE) Program. The program, which runs from January 2017 – December 2017, is targeted at families with young children (birth to age 11) in San Antonio.

Over the course of the year, KLRN will host 45 activities that will help underserved families to prepare their children for school through educational, play-based workshops. With PBS KIDS programs at the core of the project, attendees explore integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) as they embrace anytime as learning time. Working in partnership with the YMCA and Guardian House, KLRN will present early childhood activities at the Y at the Haven For Hope campus and at Guardian House.

To learn more, contact Stephanie at (210) 208-8454.


Ready, Set, Grow!

KLRN’s Ready, Set, Grow! program offers military, transitioning military, and veteran families (with young children) an opportunity to connect in a family-friendly, educational environment.

Families meet once a week to participate in parallel play experiences, and explore PBS KIDS programs, apps and resources. Families also attend workshops that explore integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) at home, and learn about developmental milestones. Through Ready, Set, Grow!, KLRN presents the Play & Learn series.

Participants share learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and preschool children with group facilitators. We explore development areas: social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical and motor (fine and gross). We promote learning as a lifelong adventure and help to identify “anytime as learning time.”

Each series is 10 weeks. At each activity, we offer a snack, Circle Time, child-directed play, group activities, and gross motor activities. Participants are exposed to music, movement activities and story time, and they sing songs in a large group.

The curriculum is aligned to the 2015 Texas Pre-K Guidelines as well as the Texas Infant, Toddler and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, centers around learning themes, and is continuously modified to meet the interests and abilities of the children.

Facilitators work individually with families to model for them, support them and explore new ways of delivering activities. As it is child directed play, adult caregivers learn to offer appropriate and engaging experiences in their homes for the children they care for.

The program is designed to promote child/caregiver interaction. Adults work with the child to explore early learning experiences such as painting, building structures, potting plants, and engaging in conversation. Children learn to build healthy relationships with peers and adults have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with one another.

At each session, participants receive children’s books, take-home activities, and materials to use in their homes.

Funding for Ready, Set, Grow! is provided by The Boeing Company.

To learn more, contact Mary at (210) 208-8405.