Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
At the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Team Building Luncheon, participants interacted with each other and shared team building experiences. Dr. Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson, executive director of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, reminded participants of monitoring protocol when the Region VI Office of Head Start monitors will be visiting some or all of the Early Head Start Child Care Centers on March 27 and 28.
While Child Care Center directors, policy council members, presidents of the Parent Committee and teachers were enjoying lunch, it was a working one for the Early Head Start Governance Board that acts on behalf of the University to provide oversight and make decisions for continuous growth and improvement of the project.
The program is at full enrollment, said Dr. Bailey-Jefferson, which means that parents are taking advantage of the opportunity to work or attend school while receiving quality early learning services that enhance the likelihood of preschool and kindergarten readiness for their children as they (the parents) strive for self-sufficiency.
The UAPB Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership strives for positive results with low child-teacher ratios, proven curriculum and learning processes, developmental screening and child assessment, meaningful parent and community engagement and a plethora of professional development opportunities for parents and program staff. There are 15 centers located in Warren, Pine Bluff, Monticello, Arkadelphia, Eudora, Rison and North Little Rock.