Jo’s Learning Academy commitment to providing quality early education and care for children living in low-income neighborhoods is reflected in development of new programs to meet the educational and nutritional needs of the children Jo’s serve.
Plans are under way to renovate an adjacent building Jo’s owns at 4823 West North Avenue to allow for expansion of kindergarten and build a state of art commercial kitchen for Healthy Food programs. The expansion continues Jo’s commitment and investment in the Uptown neighborhood on Milwaukee northwest side. Building renovations are expected to be completed by January 2015.
Jo’s Healthy Food Program
Jo’s is committed to preparing and serving healthy and nutritious meals and snacks and that commitment includes plans to build a state of art commercial kitchen. The new kitchen will allow Jo’s Learning Academy to daily prepare and serve meals and snacks for three-hundred children. The new kitchen will open in January 2015.
Urban Garden Program
The implementation of Jo’s Learning Academy Urban Garden program in summer of 2015 will include the design, construction, planting, and maintenance of 8 raised gardens adjacent to 4823 West North Avenue building. The program is being developed to increase children enrolled in before/after school program knowledge and understanding of how healthy and sustainable foods are grown; promote teamwork among peers and adult volunteers; and benefits of making healthy food choices.
Kindergarten Program Expansion
Plans are underway to expand Jo’s Learning Academy successful kindergarten program, which will include 5 year old kindergarten classes at beginning of 2015-16 school year. The expansion will enable Jo’s to serve additional students in its kindergarten program, which includes small teacher/child ratios; DPI certified and qualified teachers; and state of art classrooms. The expanded kindergarten program will be located in a renovated building at 4823 West North Avenue. The new space will accommodate both K-4 and K-5 classrooms, a large multi-purpose room for indoor recess and special event activities, such as monthly parent meetings and family fun nights.