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MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center Earns National Accreditation

FLINT — The Mott Community College Early Childhood Learning Center has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through 2019.

Accreditation signifies that the center has achieved excellence in providing high-quality early childhood education for young children. In order to receive accreditation, the educational environment must meet the ten NAEYC Program Standards and over 400 related Accreditation Criteria.

The NAEYC accredited Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) serves as the laboratory school for MCC students who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood and provides a high-quality learning environment for children of Mott Community College students, as well as for children from the community. The ECLC is licensed to provide child care for children ages 3 to 5 years of age and has served the families of Mott Community College since the 1980s.

“We are thrilled to have attained re-accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),” said Susan Lechota, director of the MCC Early Childhood Learning Center. “NAEYC is the same institution that accredits our Early Childhood Education Program at MCC. Having both programs accredited by NAEYC provides continuity for our Early Childhood majors as they put theory into practice during their practicum experiences at the MCC Early Childhood Learning Center,” she said.

Early Childhood majors graduating with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education are eligible for positions as classroom assistants in Head Start and Great Start Readiness classrooms, as child care staff, family child care provider and workers in before/after school programs and various other agencies. — G.G.

McLaren helps spine patients get “BACK to LIFE”

DAVISON — McLaren Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Davison, at the St. John Wellness Center, 505 North Dayton St. will begin offering “Back to Life” a free educational and exercise program for people who suffer with back pain on July 15. Participants will learn practical ways to improve daily function when dealing with back pain.

The program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week for a total of five weeks. Registration is required. Tuesday sessions will include exercise and education while Thursday sessions will be for supervised exercise. Upon completion of the rotation, participants will be eligible for a free one month membership at the St. John Wellness Center. Time is Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m. and Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Registration required.

Details: Call 810-658-5631. — G.G.

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