Loeb Charitable Trust awards $5K to MCC’s Early Childhood Program for outdoor play area

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) has received a $5,000 grant from the Stella and Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust, administered by Huntington Bank, to help develop an age-appropriate outdoor play and learning environment for the College’s nationally accredited Early Childhood Learning Center.

“It is important that young children have opportunities for outdoor play and exploration as part of their overall development,” said Valorie Nelson, Site Coordinator for MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center. “We appreciate the support of the Loeb Charitable Trust toward our efforts to provide high-quality educational experiences for children in the greater Flint area.”

The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) is currently under renovation as part of the development of the former Woodside Church into the Lenore Croudy Family Life Center at MCC.

The ECLC Play Space project is part of the renovation and will create an outdoor learning and play space that is focused on whole child development including playful learning, exercise, vitality, social and emotional development, health, and safety. The project was developed according to National Education Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Learning Standards for Accreditation Criteria.

The Loeb Charitable Trust gift supplements funding from voter-approved bonds and support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, Spina Family Foundation, and MCC’s Lenore Croudy Lifetime Friends Campaign.

The Family Life Center will not only house the ECLC, it will allow the Center to increase enrollment from 75 children to 125, and to serve children from six months to five years of age in addition to serving as a resource hub, helping MCC students and their families to address such basic needs as food, housing and transportation. Non-student parents of children in the ECLC program will also have the ability to access family support services on site. The renovation project is scheduled to be completed by January 2020.

The ECLC serves as the laboratory school for MCC students who are pursuing an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education and provides a high-quality learning environment for children of MCC students and staff, as well as for children from the community. The Center is accredited by the NAEYC and has receiveda5STARqualityratingfrom Great Start to Quality, the State of Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and life.

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.

Details: Visit www.mcc.edu/eclc/ index.shtml. G.G.

For more information about MCC’s Early Childhood Education Program, visit: www.mcc.edu/fass/fa_ earlychildhood-gp.shtml