State lawmakers tour Coleman Center

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — State lawmakers paid a visit to Troy University’s Dothan campus for a tour of the Coleman Center for early learning and family enrichment.

The facility which opened back in September provides early learning and care programs for children six weeks to five years old. Also, it provides hands-on training for childhood education majors who will be in great demand once the Alabama school readiness alliance expands their first-class Pre-K program.

“We need 200 additional teachers across the state to be lead teachers in the program and another 200 teachers to be assistant teachers,” said Allison Muhlendorf, the Executive Director of Alabama School Readiness Alliance. “Troy University, Troy Dothan, they’re working to prepare that next generation of Pre-K teachers that we’re going to need to finish the expansion.”

The ASRA hoped Tuesday’s tour will give lawmakers a better understanding of the center’s practices and help to see if they can be replicated across the state.

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