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Kaleidsocope Preschool in Germantown

Getting a Head Start
through the Arts

Our award-winning Kaleidoscope Program has received the highest level
of accreditation from NAEYC and Keystone STARS

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The Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program, located at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch and the Germantown Branch prepares young children (age 3 to 5) for school using an arts-integrated, early learning approach. The program primarily serves families who qualify for Head Start programs, but a limited number of fee paying students can be accommodated at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch. The program runs from September through June.

  • Kaleidoscope develops skills and knowledge in literacy, math and social awareness through active, developmentally appropriate learning in music, creative movement and visual art. Kaleidoscope is a collaborative partner with the School District of Philadelphia Pre-K Programs.
  • In addition to a rich and stimulating homeroom environment, children participate in music, dance and visual art classes each day. The program, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.,  includes a nutrition program, neighborhood trips and outdoor play, and offers opportunities for parent volunteers as well.
  • Teachers are credentialed professionals, and the program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has earned Four Stars in Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stars Program, its highest rating. Kaleidoscope is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Public Welfare and was awarded one of the first Coming Up Taller Awards by the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities in 1998.  Settlement’s Teacher Training Institute for the Arts provides preschool and elementary school teachers, as well as early childhood professionals, with supplemental training necessary to deliver quality arts instruction to children ages three to 10.
  • The program has been proven, through rigorous research by West Chester University, to prepare children for Kindergarten more successfully than peer pre-K programs without intensive arts-based programs, through higher vocabulary scores and the increased ability of students to manage emotions.
  • The Kaleidoscope program thrives with the support of generous individual, foundation, corporate, and government donors. To support this program, please consider making a gift online.

Please contact Tarrell Davis, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programming, at 215-320-2670 or email with questions, to register, or to enroll through the Head Start program.

As an alternate, inquiries for the Germantown Branch may also be addressed to Candace Green, Assistant Director, at 215-320-2618 or via email.

For the Mary Louise Curtis Branch, please contact Tarrell Davis at 215-320-2670 or via email.

The Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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We designed our flexible, best-in-class programming with our students in mind. Wherever you may find yourself on your creative journey, Settlement is here to support your success every step of the way.


Proven Success in Early Childhood Education

The Kaleidoscope Program has been proven, through rigorous research by West Chester University, to prepare children for kindergarten more successfully than peer pre-K programs without intensive arts-based programs. Our students have shown an increased ability to manage emotions and greater receptive vocabulary than those at comparison preschools. 

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Encouraging Creativity in our Youngest Learners!

This nationally recognized, award-winning preschool program prepares young children for kindergarten through an arts-integrated curriculum. Through music, visual art, and creative movement classes, children in our program develop essential skills and become socially aware in a fun, accepting environment.

Continue your child’s arts education with Kaleidoscope Plus, an after-school care program for children ages 3-9.

Featured Kaleidoscope

Meet the faculty, staff, and artists who will be guiding your child through the Kaleidoscope Program.

Kaleidoscope faculty Gail Robinson
Gail Smith

Assistant Teacher Kaleidoscope Pre-K (PS 4) Early Childhood

Kaleidoscope faculty Latrisha Grant
Latrisha Grant

Assistant Teacher Kaleidoscope Pre-K (PS 1) Early Childhood

"I want to express my immense gratitude as a parent for all the love that our children receive daily at Kaleidoscope. Our teachers are, by far, the most dedicated, caring, and loving teachers that I have ever met. Seeing my daughter thrive and be excited to go to school every day is comforting to me." Flor Mizrahi, Kaleidoscope parent

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