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Center’s Children Prepare Snacks for Annual Appreciation Tea

Family Appreciation Tea held at Dunham Children's Learning Center
Family Appreciation Tea held at Dunham Children’s Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently celebrated the end of the semester, as families joined their children for an afternoon snack during the Family Appreciation Tea. The young toddler class made Pumpkin Pie in a Cup, the older toddler class prepared a cereal snack mix, and preschoolers learned about measuring and baking while preparing oatmeal cookies and banana bread. “The food was so delicious that parents asked for recipes!” said director Barbara J. Albert, who also provided the photo at left. Teachers prepared activities for the families, and students from the Early Childhood Education program supervised them. Children had fun making paper-plate pumpkins, playing a beanbag game and experimenting with “squishy” bags. Each family contributed a handprint “leaf” to the center’s Thankful Tree, highlighting the people and things for which they’re grateful.

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Federal Grant Helps Student-Parents Pay for On-Campus Child Care

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a grant that will help subsidize the cost of child care for eligible parents who are pursuing higher education at the college.

The CCAMPIS grant, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Its purpose is to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2015-16.

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College Receives Funding Aimed at School Readiness for Children

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $10,766 grant to align its early childhood education curriculum with recently revised Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies for early childhood and school-age professionals.

The college has entered a one-year contract with Berks County Intermediate Unit, the fiscal agent for the Pennsylvania Key, which provides statewide leadership in coordinating early childhood education, quality improvements to programs and professional-development support. The Pennsylvania Key operates in conjunction with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, which is jointly overseen by the state Department of Human Services and the state Department of Education.

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Banquet Celebrates Imminent Grads’ Proven Career Readiness

Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors
Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors

Nearly 40 people attended the annual Spring Early Childhood Practicum Banquet, held recently in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event honored Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates of Penn College’s early childhood education associate-degree major and director’s competency credential, as well as the students’ practicum supervising teachers from child care centers and Head Start programs in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre and Union counties. Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education and practicum adviser (first row, far right), offered greetings to the group and thanked the supervising teachers for the important role they play in the guidance and mentorship of each student in the practicum experience. In addition to Coffman, others on hand to honor the students’ success were (from far left) Jennifer I. Watson, adjunct early childhood education faculty, Karen Woland Payne, adjunct practicum adviser, and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of early childhood education; Barbara J. Albert, director of the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center (center, in floral jacket), and Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant (upper right).
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Bibs Wrap Up Early Educators’ Year

Early Educators Club provides "Bibs for Babies."
Early Educators Club provides “Bibs for Babies.”
Penn College students' handmade help accepted at local high school.
Penn College students’ handmade help accepted at local high school.

Through a “Bibs for Babies” project, three members of Penn College’s Early Educators Club delivered handmade bibs and burp cloths to a parenting class at Williamsport Area High School. Accepting the bibs on behalf of the class, which is offered through Susquehanna Health, was high school student Elizabeth Kilburn. From left in accompanying photo are Katlynn M. Peck, of Thompsontown; Kilburn; Brittany M. Ottenmiller, of Troy, and Brooke C. Smith, of Doylestown. Peck will graduate this month with her Associate of Applied Science degree in early childhood education. Ottenmiller and Smith will return in the fall as sophomores in the early childhood education major. Other end-of-academic-year activities enjoyed by the club were a science fair at George A. Ferrell Elementary School in Picture Rocks and a visit to a preschool and a Montessori school in State College.
Photos provided by Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant

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Early Childhood Faculty Member Serves as Peer Reviewer

Billie A. Coffman

Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently asked by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education, to serve on a peer review team to evaluate another college’s proposed child care professional associate-degree program.

As a peer reviewer, Coffman was responsible for evaluating the course content in the degree program, reviewing all of the course syllabi and faculty credentials, and submitting a final report with recommendations for approval of the program.

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Year’s Early Childhood Grads Feted at PDC

Early childhood students celebrate at practicum get-together.
Early childhood students celebrate at practicum get-together.

Nearly 40 people attended Wednesday night’s practicum banquet for 2013-14 graduates of Penn College’s associate-degree early childhood education major and the early childhood director’s competency credential. Among those gathering in the Thompson Professional Development Center to honor the students’ success were Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education and practicum adviser for the two-year major (fourth from right), and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of early childhood education (left). Not pictured is Karen Woland Payne, former director of the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center, practicum adviser to students in the director’s credential.
Photo provided by Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant (third from right)

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‘Dr. Jean’ Inspires Those Who Engage Young Imaginations

"Dr. Jean" on the Klump Academic Center Auditorium stage
“Dr. Jean” on the Klump Academic Center Auditorium stage
Early childhood education students join the guest speaker and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor (second from left), for a group photo.
Early childhood education students join the guest speaker and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor (second from left) for a group photo.
Early childhood education students hold a "Paper Plate Party," learning a follow-the-leader game in which their pupils would choose an imitable way to use a plate as an instrument.
Early childhood education students hold a “Paper Plate Party,” learning a follow-the-leader game in which their pupils would choose an imitable way to use a plate as an instrument.

A nationally known educator, author and consultant shared inspiration and creativity with teachers, students and schoolchildren during a pair of local appearances this past weekend. Jean Feldman, known as “Dr. Jean,” presented a free public concert at Williamsport’s Cochran Primary School on Friday evening and was the keynoter for an audience of 175 people at Saturday’s annual conference of the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children at Penn College.
Photos provided by Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant

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‘Dr. Jean’ Set to Present at Young Children’s Education Conference

Jean Feldman

A nationally known inspiration to educators of young children will be the sole presenter at the 19th annual conference of the Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children on Saturday, April 5, at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Jean Feldman, known as “Dr. Jean,” inspires teachers with engaging songs and creative activities. She has published several books and recordings used by school systems across the country and actively shares her resources via a blog and Pinterest.

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Assistant Dean to Lead Peer Review Team for National Association

Thomas C. Heffner

Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited to serve as a program chair for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation peer review team.

In this capacity, Heffner will lead a group of other early childhood education professionals from across the nation in a review March 10-12. The peer review team will travel to a host institution to observe its program in action for three days. The team reads the program’s self-study report, conducts a site visit that includes interviews and observations, and provides a summary of the team’s findings for NAEYC’s commission review.

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Grant Helps Students Pay for Child Care

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center was approved for four years of federal grant funding to help provide child-care access to parents pursuing higher education at the college.

Generally referred to as a “CCAMPIS” grant, which stands for “Child Care Access Means Parents in School,” the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and is awarded to help to make high-quality child care available to parents who are college students. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2013-14, the first year of the four-year grant.

“This federal funding is a great opportunity for those parents who wish to complete their education without the worry of finding the additional resources for child care,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Keeping parents on track to complete their degree is important to their success in achieving their goal of graduation. In return, they are able to get back into the workforce, earning wages that will support their family. This is a win-win situation for not only the parent/student but for our community.”

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Assistant Dean Invited to Return to Alma Mater for Panel Discussion

Thomas C. Heffner

Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited to return to his alma mater, Juniata College, to join the Education Department Alumni Panel on Oct. 25 as part of Juniata’s Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities.

Each fall, Juniata’s Alumni Office and academic departments identify distinguished graduates and invite them to return to campus to share their experiences with other alumni, current students and families.

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