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Joyce Preschool

Minneapolis, MN   |  joycepreschool.org

Mission

Joyce Preschool is a bilingual, multicultural preschool in Minneapolis providing scholarships to 50% of families each year. Our innovative, research-based approach to early childhood education is proven successful: 100% of our graduates the last five years were assessed as kindergarten-ready, compared to 36% readiness rates for Spanish-speaking students in Minneapolis and 72% overall (Minneapolis Public Schools, 2012). Parents often use the words “home" and “family" when describing their experience at Joyce — our focus on the child's wellbeing and social-emotional health, culturally-inclusive atmosphere, and parent support systems create a safe, welcoming place for parents to engage with teachers, ask questions about their child's development, and be connected to resources.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ryan Mulso

Main address

3400 Park Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA

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EIN

81-0594016

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Latinx students make up nearly a fifth of the children enrolled in the Minneapolis Public School system, but continue to be one of the lowest-performing racial-ethnic groups, with less than half of those students ready for kindergarten on entry. Kindergarten readiness is critical, since emergent literacy and numeracy skills are strong predictors of later achievement. This lack of readiness is reflected in later school outcomes, with only 48% of Minneapolis’ Latinx students able to read by 3rd grade and only 57% graduating on time from high school. Linguistic and cultural differences compound with socioeconomic factors to create even greater barriers for Latinx children. Combined with the stressors of poverty, family immigration status, and racism, this poses great challenges for families and can set Spanish-speaking children up for failure in elementary school and beyond.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preschool

Joyce’s core program is a dual-immersion Spanish/English preschool serving a diverse group of children ages 3-5 and their families. Each class balances English- and Spanish-speaking children and teachers. The program helps close the achievement gap for Minneapolis Latino students by supporting native language retention as well as second language acquisition. Joyce serves 110 children and their families each year.

To ensure a child’s out-of-school life is nurtured for in-school success, Joyce also engages parents and families through the following work areas:

FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM, which brings books and literacy activities linked to classroom themes into homes for parents and children to do together.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT encourages families to get involved in their child’s education through conferences, classroom celebrations, all-school events, and volunteering.

PADRES DE FAMILIA, a monthly workshop in Spanish, brings together Latino parents in a safe, supportive space to seek and share information about parenting, culture, resources, and community.

HOME VISITING, in which Joyce’s parent outreach coordinator visits families at home, building a stronger home-school relationship and connecting families to resources.

COMITÉ DE PADRES EN LIDERAZGO (Parent Leadership Committee), a Latino
leadership development group that provides parents the opportunity to directly impact school decision-making.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Awards

Meets Standards 2013

Charities Review Council, Minnesota

Meets Standards 2015

Charities Review Council, Minnesota

Accreditation 2010

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Accreditation 2014

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

4 Stars (Highest Rating) 2016

Parent Aware

4 Stars (Highest Rating) 2013

Parent Aware

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, People of South American descent, Parents, Immigrants, Low-income people

Related Program

Preschool

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

A full year of Joyce Preschool tuition averages $6,367 in 2020. Average tuition has increased in the past 2 years due to program expansion offering full-day options and up to 5 day per week programs.

Number of family members participating in school activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Joyce Preschool typically has between 180 and 200 parents for its 110 students. Many parents are single parents.

Number of parents, community members, and non-teaching staff helping to set goals for the school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Parents and community members participate in leadership on Joyce Preschool's board of directors, in event committees, and on the Latino/a parent leadership committee.

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Joyce has between 10-14 teachers each year. Some years 2 part-time positions are merged to create a single full-time position depending on the needs of applicants.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Joyce Preschool’s research-based program represents a viable solution to closing the gap for Latinx students: year after year, over 95% of the students who graduated from Joyce’s high-quality, bilingual, multicultural program were assessed as ready for kindergarten. In the most recently completed school year, Joyce served 106 students and 199 parents, representing a balance of approximately half Spanish-speaking and half English-speaking students.

Joyce is committed to enrolling 60% of students from low-income households and providing tuition support in the form of scholarships. Because Joyce offers this financial support, coupled with transportation assistance and extended-day programming, its program is accessible to many low-income and/or new immigrant families who would not otherwise be able to send their children to preschool.

Joyce also actively involves parents in their child’s education, providing support and connections to resources, while developing their capacity as advocates and leaders. This is particularly important for immigrant and/or Latinx parents where cultural norms, challenges with language, and other factors often impact their willingness or ability to get involved with their child’s education. This in turn can adversely affect school outcomes. Providing access and equitable support to families ensures that children will have a strong foundation for later school and life achievement, and that parents will have the tools they need to support their children.

In addition to providing support structures that successfully serve and partner with low-income, immigrant, and Spanish-speaking families, Joyce’s program prepares all students to live in an increasingly multicultural Minneapolis, building bilingual language foundations and cross-cultural understanding for all students.

Joyce Preschool requests support for its preschool program, which displays a proven record of closing the opportunity gap. Hallmarks of Joyce’s approach include:

— Commitment to community responsiveness. Joyce’s program was founded in 1966 with a commitment to providing early childhood education to low-income children who otherwise would not have access to quality programming. This commitment to partner with underserved families continues to evolve to the present day, with Joyce’s ongoing focus on shaping its programming in response to the identified desires of its parent community.

— The complete wellbeing of the child as the number one priority. As families encounter situations they find challenging which affect their child, teachers and staff work alongside parents to find a solution. Whether it’s referrals to child counseling because a parent was deported, facilitated school conferences for parents in the midst of a divorce, or providing assistance in accessing county benefits for a parent, Joyce recognizes that these factors, among others, impact the wellbeing of the child and must be supported to ensure student success.

— A commitment to multiculturalism, bilingualism, and connection across difference. Our classrooms are not only balanced by children’s native language (1/2 English, 1/2 Spanish), but also include students from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Families come to Joyce because they value the opportunity for their children to be exposed to difference at an early age - an opportunity that all too often, parents did not have themselves.

— Social connectedness and community as the foundations of our program’s success. “La Familia Joyce” is a phrase that parents and staff alike use often, describing the deep sense of belonging and connectedness families feel as a part of our program.

Joyce will take these core approaches and use them in shaping and executing the work of the following programmatic commitments:

PRESCHOOL: A two-way bilingual (Spanish-English) immersion preschool with an emphasis on kindergarten readiness.

COMITÉ DE PADRES EN LIDERAZGO: Led and designed by parents, this committee brings the voices of Latinx parents directly into school decision-making and creates leadership roles for them within the Joyce community.

HOME VISITING: A program designed to strengthen the home-school connection, introduce parents to the Joyce community, and provide referrals to community resources.

LA ASOCIACIÓN DE PADRES DE FAMILIA: A parent support and involvement program with monthly workshops specifically targeting the needs of immigrant, Spanish-speaking, and bilingual families who are navigating new networks and systems.

PARENT ADVOCACY: Through trainings, workshops, and discussions, Joyce promotes parent engagement in advocacy at the school board, city, and state levels.

Joyce Preschool’s 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. The school’s vision is to become a recognized leader in providing two-way immersion and multicultural early childhood education, while sharing its model and lessons with local and regional organizations.

Joyce Preschool has 53 years of quality early childhood experience working with low-income families as partners, as well as over 20 years of experience serving the Latinx community. As a measure of the quality of its teachers and its overall program, Joyce continues to be part of only a small percentage of childcare centers in Minnesota that are nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC accreditation process subjects the program to intense levels of scrutiny and ensures the program meets the highest expectations for best practices in its field. Joyce also maintains the highest rating (4 stars) through Minnesota’s Parent Aware quality rating system.

Joyce provides teachers, board, staff, and parents with the tools and exposure they need for continued growth. Joyce is committed to ongoing professional development through curricular trainings, professional skills workshops, and on-site experience. Teachers are also encouraged to learn from each other: as part of Joyce’s commitment to equity in hiring, we value not only formal education, but diversity of lived experiences. Staff recognizes that people of color, especially immigrants of color, may not always have had access to the formal education that would qualify them for some positions, but that their lived experiences are very important in successfully connecting to families, building community, and helping children learn. For this reason, Joyce emphasizes teacher development and connects staff to ongoing learning opportunities.

In addition to our proactive work to ensure Joyce’s internal structures reflect the community, Joyce also responds to external pressures. Under the current political administration, the school has seen a much higher level of need from its immigrant families for information and support. This year, Joyce increased the hours of its Parent Coordinator position to meet the additional demand for home visits, one-on-one support, advocacy and legal rights workshops, and referrals to community resources for immigrant parents and their children. The Parent Coordinator also oversees the recently developed Comité de Padres en Liderazgo and Family Fridays programs, as well as Padres de Familia workshops, providing even more time dedicated to supporting the needs of our immigrant families.

At the core of Joyce Preschool's two-way immersion program is cultural responsiveness; its initial shift to bilingual programming in 1995 was based on a visible need in the Twin Cities. Now, as the Latino population in Minneapolis continues to grow, so does the need for high-quality immersion programs like Joyce Preschool. The preschool will continue to evolve to best meet the changing needs of this community. Our family support services have grown and were vital in supporting families through COVID-19 and the South Minneapolis riots in Spring 2020. We have connected families with resources, provided financial relief, and helped navigate systems to provide support.

As we look ahead, we continue to listen to the needs of families, providing response which supports their unique needs. We aim to break down barriers to access for Latinx families while creating a network of advocates that extends across racial and economic lines. Above all, we will continue providing quality education for preschoolers, ensuring they are set up for success starting at age 3 so that they can reach their highest potential.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Joyce Preschool

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mindy Rocha

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Term: 2023 - 2020

Carolyn Van Nelson

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Allyson Candee

MN Department of Health

Karen Flores

UnitedHealth Group

Gabriella Caldecott

Wells Fargo

Andrea Jauli

Menttium Corporation

Mindy Rocha

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Julie Zamora

Birth & Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator

Hector Salas

US Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.