A Totes Program acts as a lending library for child care providers operating from homes. Since these providers have less access to materials than larger day care facilities, this program offers them a rotation of books and activities that can be used by the provider to ready the children.
“We want to equip these smaller providers with resources and lesson plans so they can work on early literacy,” said Carrie Bale, executive director for Huffer Memorial Children’s Center and Child Care Resource and Referral. “It’s been neat to watch this program progress. This was replicated from a project in Delaware County, but it has been much more successful here.”
The assigned mentor from Huffer offers instruction on how to work with the different developmental stages of children up to age 5. They also point to other programs that are offered and can bring in the rest of the Huffer staff to meet individual needs – all at no charge to the provider due to the support of the United Way.
“The United Way’s Born Learning Program has had a wonderful impact upon the Alexandria community,” said Scott Deetz, principal of Alexandria-Monroe Elementary School. “They have raised awareness for birth-to-5 education in the home to the point that our town’s preschool programs are completely filled. We actually have a waiting list, which hasn’t happened in over 10 years.”
First in a series This is the first in a series of weekly articles, to be published Mondays, about the impact of United Way programs in Madison County. How to give To contribute to the United Way's campaign: u Visit www.unitedwaymadisonco.org u Call 643-7493