DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A local learning center will now receive a boost to improve its child development operations.
The Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Development opened in 2019, only to have to close and reopen due to COVID-19.
The grant given will assist in helping students get mentally and emotionally ready for grade school, in and out of the classroom.
“What they’d say with the brain development is that 95 percent of the brain is developed by the age of five,” Director Nancy Mitta said. “So we’re very fortunate to be able to have this program, we’ll be setting the foundation, a strong foundation, for these children and that it really will create life long success both in the classroom and out of the classroom.”
The grant money will go towards helping the center receive more outside help, so creating a lower child to staff ratio.
It will also allow higher quality and age appropriate equipment and create a family engagement aspect for the school.
“But it’s exciting because it challenges our teachers and not only things they will have to be implementing in the classroom that are new that improve quality but also they’ll be able to improve their quality of performance,” Mitta said.
The $596,000 grant will also assist with teachers improving their teaching credentials and helping challenge them with new ideas.