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Joyce Preschool is a nondenominational program whose mission is to provide children from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for success in school and lifelong learning. Read more
Joyce Preschool is a nondenominational program whose mission is to provide children from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for success in school and lifelong learning.
To provide children from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for success in school and lifelong learning.
I have been volunteering at Joyce for a little over a year and it's been a great experience. The entire staff is welcoming and it feels great to be contributing to such a worthy program! Plus, you get to see come pretty cool kids in the process.
Joyce is a great environment for those who are looking to integrate into a Bi-lingual program. The staff and kids are fun and energetic. You are able to use your spanish skills to any level that you are comfortable with. There are a variety of activities to get involved with as well. It's an awesome place to volunteer!
I’ve been a volunteer at Joyce Preschool for one semester and it has always been a really enjoyable experience. Beginning late in the fall I was able to regularly volunteer at the preschool and get to know a few of the kids! The mornings I volunteered there always went by very quickly and were a fun mix of songs to change activities or help learn new things in circle time, to science projects, or reading a story and doing a craft. The atmosphere at Joyce Preschool is very friendly and I felt welcomed as a new volunteer. Even though my schedule changed and I am no longer to regularly help in the mornings, it is easy to maintain a positive connection with the preschool by helping out at the “Taller de Padres” and other extra events.
Volunteering at Joyce Preschool has been a very rewarding experience! As a pre-service teacher in World Language, I find it incredibly helpful to have insight into the kind of second language development that occurs during early childhood development in a bilingual setting. The kids are incredibly adorable and each of their individual personalities and needs are always supported through various learning center activities and the ability to choose how they will learn that day. My favorite parts about volunteering at Joyce are reading to the kids after snack time and having conversations with them throughout the day. The kids are always welcoming to new people and love to get to know you too! The staff is always flexible with your own schedule so you can come when it works for you. Its a great place to volunteer!
by Nancy B. from Minneapolis, MN
I have been volunteering at Joyce for months. It’s a neighborhood preschool so I can walk there and it is nice for me to meet more of my community. The teachers and staff (Natalie) are so amazing and patient as you can imagine you’d have to be with 18-20 energized 3-5yr olds!
I volunteer during the same time each week (Ms Carol's class) which helps me learn the routine of the day and the kids to recognize me. We have circle time where we learn more about the Rey/Reina de la semana (King/Queen of the week). The kids get to share about themselves and their families. We have snack/playtime and do some crafts (I've been sent home with artwork for my fridge!) and then close with song time.
What I love so much about this experience is spending time with kids at this age. It’s amazing to see these little people learn and interact with each other. It makes me appreciate early stages of childhood. There is nothing quite like it to inspire “being in the moment" like a gaggle of tots