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The Malvern School Launches ‘Literacy at the CORE’ Program to Strengthen Critical Early Literacy Skills in Young Children

The region’s largest privately owned preschool doubles down on literacy by kicking off program at more than two dozen schools during National Reading Month

As educators across the country observe National Reading Month in March, The Malvern School – the region’s largest privately owned preschool – is celebrating its commitment to early literacy with the launch of its new Literacy at the CORE program. The program kicked off with Literacy Celebration Day on March 30 at each of The Malvern School’s more than two dozen locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“For years, research has underscored just how important early literacy skills are to a child’s development and future success,” says Kristen M. Waterfield, CEO & Founder of The Malvern School. “As we work with each of our students to meet their highest potential – and continually raise the bar on early childhood education curriculum – it was only natural that we further strengthen The Malvern School’s unique literacy initiatives with one united program.”

According to the National Institute for Literacy, “children who develop more literacy skills in the preschool years perform better in the primary grades.” Additionally, the Institute acknowledges, “pro­viding young children with the critical precursor skills to reading can offer a path to improving overall achieve­ment.”

With Literacy at the CORE, literacy is integrated into many aspects of everyday life at The Malvern School. This includes daily lesson plans, monthly curriculum themes, civility and value focuses, reading, writing, art experiences, music and STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) enrichment, as well as The Malvern School’s popular Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrichment Young Authors’ Program.

“Over the past 20-plus years, we’ve refined an approach that allows our teachers to design individualized learning experiences that stimulate the development of early literacy skills from infancy to pre-elementary school. That’s what our new program is all about,” explains Christle Seal, Director of Educational Programs at The Malvern School. “From emphasizing the spoken word to focusing on language development and the natural process of learning to read and write in creative and engaging ways, we’re fully committed to nurturing well-developed, socially and emotionally confident children.”

To learn more about The Malvern School’s Literacy at the CORE program, visit

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