Languages spoken by our children, in addition to English.
The Center helps its children broaden their horizons by exposing them "naturally" in social settings/classroom settings to other children from around our world. Children in our setting have an opportunity that few other children in the area have to interact with students from many cultures. Many children in the center are bilingual. Children will learn that people speak other languages. Ideas, languages, customs and foods are being shared in our Center. Children grow up here knowing that people don't all eat the same types of foods, sing the same songs, wear the same types of clothes, call animals and their noises by the same names/sounds etc.
Through our long-time collaboration with the Baltimore County Schools Child Care Connections, children are able to interact with young adults who are special learners. These young adults are working in our classrooms under supervision in a vocational training setting. The students have been very helpful in assisting our teachers in the classroom. Seven of these former students are now working in settings which serve young children in the community.
Towson University Outreach is a post-secondary functional academic learning support program. The Child Care Connection is a vocational program designed to train transitioning students with disabilities as early childhood assistants in programs serving young children with and without disabilities. This Baltimore County Public Schools Special Education Program provides inclusive career opportunities with long term benefits and enrichment for all involved. By meeting the needs of the students involved, as well as the community, it serves as an enrichment program with reciprocal benefits.
The Child Care Connection addresses the needs of the increased number of children requiring early intervention services and out of home child care while providing productive employment opportunities for transition youth. The integration of these needs serves as the basis for this program.
Johnnycake Elementary School, will be bringing its children to TU for our "Read Across America" event, held in late February. We are engaging in a collaborative effort to support students whose emerging skills are a good match for the level of attention which our children are typically able to sustain.