Joyce Preschool will offer a program at HLA-Northrop

Minneapolis, MN – (Jan. 22, 2018) – Hiawatha Academies and Joyce Preschool will join forces next fall as Joyce opens a new preschool program at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop.

Hiawatha Academies and Joyce Preschool have been exploring the possibility of a partnership for the past two years. This year, the two organizations decided to move forward with a collaboration that will benefit the neighborhood, Hiawatha families, and staff by offering quality pre-k programming at one of Hiawatha Academies’ five schools.

“Joyce’s two-way immersion model helps children build a strong foundation for school in two languages, and we are thrilled to partner with an organization such as Hiawatha Academies that is committed to the success of every child. Together we will have an even greater long-term impact for families. ” stated Joyce Preschool, Executive Director, Laura Tompkins.

Hiawatha Academies will be the third site for Joyce Preschool offering two-way immersion, Spanish-English pre-k programming for children ages three to five. While its other preschool sites are part-time, the Joyce-Hiawatha program will offer families choices ranging from half-day to full-day care from two to five days a week.

“This partnership opens the door to a unique opportunity for our communities to start with us earlier and be served by a program with a great track record of success in preparing children for kindergarten”, said HLA-Northrop Principal, Daniela Vasan.

A network of public charter schools in South Minneapolis, Hiawatha Academies estimates only about 17% of incoming scholars come to the network kindergarten ready. “Our aim is to close yet another gap for families and diversify our schools by having a bilingual program that attracts both native and non-native Spanish speakers,” said Senior Director of Enrollment, Libby Stegger. “Our schools welcome all children, and now we have an opportunity to welcome them even earlier through Joyce”.

To learn more about the program opening fall of 2018, join the Open House, on February 7.

Date: February 7, 2018
Time: 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Location: Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop
1611 E. 46th Street Minneapolis, MN 55407

About Hiawatha Academies
Hiawatha Academies is a network of high-performing K-12 college preparatory charter schools located in South Minneapolis. Our mission is to empower all Hiawatha scholars with the knowledge, character and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good. Our equity vision is to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. For more information visit or follow them on Facebook , Twitter , or LinkedIn.

About Joyce Preschool
Joyce Preschool is a nonprofit, bilingual (Spanish-English) preschool in Minneapolis serving over 100 families. The preschool was founded in 1966 with a mission of making high-quality early education accessible to families regardless of income, and became a bilingual immersion program in 1995. In addition to the preschool program, which prepares 100% of its graduates for kindergarten, Joyce provides family support programming including home visits, parent education and leadership development, and family literacy programming. Because at-home issues affect in-school success, Joyce strives to meet the needs of the whole family and make sure that every child is supported both in and out of the classroom.
For more information visit or follow them on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , or LinkedIn.