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SECF Expands Early Learning College to Three Schools for 2014-15 School Year

August 18, 2014 | Posted by pfisher

SAVANNAH EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION & PARENT UNIVERSITY EXPAND EARLY LEARNING COLLEGE TO THREE SCHOOLS FOR 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR

Brock Elementary School joins East Broad K-8 and Shuman Elementary as sites for free Saturday morning parenting-skills sessions

SAVANNAH, GA – As area students begin the 2014-15 school year, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) and Parent University are pleased to announce the expansion of their groundbreaking Early Learning College (ELC) program to a third school this fall. East Broad K-8, Shuman Elementary and Brock Elementary (formerly Bartow) will each host two free Saturday morning ELC sessions in the first half of the 2014-15 school year.

Launched in 2012, Early Learning College offers local parents, caretakers and supporters of young children, from birth to age three, an opportunity to learn from professional instructors about proven ways to enrich their child’s development and better prepare them for school. More than 300 local parents have attended previous ELC sessions at East Broad K-8 and Shuman Elementary over the past two years.

“This year’s expansion of Early Learning College to a third school speaks to the overwhelming demand that exists for this sort of program and the generous support we’ve received from this community,” said Savannah Early Childhood Foundation President Paul Fisher. “We believe ELC is filling a critical gap that has existed for some time. Building on this momentum, our focus now turns to raising the funds we need to create the infrastructure to support the enthusiastic response we’re seeing from local neighborhoods.”

Former Savannah Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson offered further praise for the program: “The emphasis that SECF places on parent skill training and their child’s development is exactly what is needed to break the cycle of intergenerational academic failure, which contributes to persistent poverty in our community. Early childhood development is essential to children being ready to enter school ready and able to learn.”

Developed and conducted in partnership with local community and public service organizations, including Parent University, Early Start Child Care Resource and Referral, Wesley Community Center and the Lady Bamford Center, each ELC session is four hours long and free to the public. The curriculum includes subjects like discipline with love, nutrition, multiple ways to create language-rich environments, how to create educational toys from common household goods, and much more. Anyone interested in creating a safe, nurturing, language-rich environment for young children in their neighborhood is encouraged to attend.

The schedule of upcoming Early Learning College sessions is as follows:

Early Learning College: Session 1 (Shuman)

September 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Shuman Elementary School, 415 Goebel Avenue Savannah, GA 31404

Early Learning College: Session 1 (East Broad)

September 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

East Broad K-8 School, 400 East Broad Street, Savannah, 31401

Early Learning College: Session 1 (Brock)

October 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Otis J. Brock, III Elementary, 1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Early Learning College: Session 2 (East Broad)

November 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

East Broad K-8 School, 400 East Broad Street, Savannah, 31401

Early Learning College: Session 2 (Shuman)

November 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Shuman Elementary School, 415 Goebel Avenue Savannah, GA 31404

Early Learning College: Session 2 (Brock)

December 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Otis J. Brock, III Elementary, 1804 Stratford Street, Savannah, GA 31401

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About the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation: Established in 2011, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) is a first-of-its-kind 501c3 organization, working to stitch together community resources to ensure that all Savannah children are ready for school. Combining public and private resources, SECF is uniquely focused on helping parents create high quality learning environments for their children starting at birth through age five. In partnership with Parent University and other community partners, SECF has developed and operates multi-session Early Learning College programs for parents in several neighborhoods throughout the city. To learn more about our community-based, parent-centric approach to early childhood development, visit www.savannahecf.org.

About Parent University: Founded in 1999, Parent University is a 501c3 community collaborative that supports Savannah area families. This initiative promotes life-long learning and community building, encouraging parent involvement and participation in the education of our community’s children and youth. In our advanced society, each of us needs to keep abreast of new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. Parent University has provided a way. Learn more: www.parentuniversitysav.org