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About Three-Year-Old Journey

As children develop and change, parents and guardians must change as well. The Three-Year-Old Journey formed in 2004 to provide Promise Academy® lottery winners the opportunity to continue to learn and grow.

  • Participants of the Three-Year-Old Journey engage in a series of workshops over twelve weeks.
  • They discuss developmental milestones, discipline techniques, and developmentally-appropriate activities to foster early literacy and math skills.
  • Parents also gain a sense of community and camaraderie — and many remain friends and lean on each other for parenting support and schedule play dates for their children.
  • As the parents and guardians interact, their three-year-olds play together in small and large groups under the guidance of trained staff.
  • In addition to having fun — singing, doing arts and crafts, listening to stories, and more — they are also learning and practicing invaluable social skills.

Program Structure

Two twelve-week cycles are open to 60 families each. Participants meet on Saturdays at Promise Academy® I. Workshops are offered in English, Spanish, and French.

Program Benefits

In addition to both parents and children gaining knowledge and building relationships, families of the Three-Year-Old Journey gain access to:

  • Guidance in applying to the Harlem Gems® preschool program
  • Brigance Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Assessment Tool, which provides a snapshot of a child’s development and assesses school readiness
  • Referrals to HCZ programs and community resources

Harlem Gems® Preschool

For interested parents, we offer assistance through HCZ’s Harlem Gems® Preschool application process.

Brigance Developmental Screening

We use the Brigance screener twice per cycle to identify children’s areas of strength and needs.

HCZ and Community Resources

We help families take advantage of HCZ’s numerous programs and community resources to meet their needs—from financial support to health and wellness, and more.


The Three-Year-Old Journey meets on Saturdays at Promise Academy® I.


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