April 27, 2018
Athens State University has partnered with Child Care Central to establish a Resource Room with materials for its teacher candidates to use for their coursework, field experiences, and internships. Athens State is the first university to partner with this organization to provide support for preservice teacher candidates.
The grand opening of the Resource Room was celebrated recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Kay Jennings, the Executive Director of Cheaha Regional Head Start and Child Care Central, was on hand for the event. Additional personnel from Child Care Central who have helped in establishing the Resource Room include Sabrina Robinson, Child Care Central Program Director, and Stacey Robison, Early Childhood Specialist.
Located in the Reading Lab, the Resource Room is similar to a teachers’ workroom, stocked with items such as bulletin board paper, construction paper, a laminator and laminating materials, and a die-cut machine with dies. There are also teacher idea books, children’s literature, and activity kits that can be checked out. These materials are free for all College of Education students and faculty to use to help offset some of the out-of-pocket expenses educators occasionally incur.
The Resource Room is funded and staffed by a grant from DHR through TCR Child Care Corporation. The room will be staffed by Ms. Elizabeth Carwile of Child Care Central for at least 10 hours per week while classes are not being held in the classroom portion of the Reading Lab.
For the twelfth year in a row, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) named Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program as providing the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in America during the 2016-2017 school year. In December, Governor Ivey announced a $1.5 million grant for Early Childhood Education in Alabama. As Athens State’s Early Childhood Program continues to grow, it is essential to have the resources for effective teaching at early levels of learning.