Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, stopped by Settlement's Mary Louise Curtis Branch on June 2 to take a tour of the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program. Along with Executive Director Helen Eaton, Early Childhood Program Director Tarrell Davis, and West Chester University professor Dr. Eleanor Brown, Mrs. Corbett watched a performance, sat in on dance and art classes, and participated in a music class.
Here, Mrs. Corbett and the aforementioned group took in a dance class.
She really got into the spirit of the music class!
One of the great advantages of the Kaleidoscope program is that through its arts-focused curriculum, students enter kindergarten more prepared than children in traditional preschool programs. Dr. Brown's study found that students from Kaleidoscope had vocabulary scores three times higher than their peers from traditional programs.
Later, the Kaleidoscope students presented Mrs. Corbett with a banner celebrating her visit.
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