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STLCC Expands Early Care and Education Opportunities with Boeing Grant

October 20, 2016

Child care grant from Boeing  
St. Louis Community College will use a grant from Boeing to support a new training initiative through its Early Care and Education program.

St. Louis Community College has received a grant from Boeing to improve opportunities for young children in north St. Louis County.

The funding will support STLCC-Florissant Valley’s Early Care and Education program, Trained Educators Achieve More (TEAM), which aims to increase quality caregiving by educating child care providers and enhancing quality interactions between parents and children.

“The early years of life are the foundation that shapes children's futures – from their health and happiness, to their success in school and life,” said Donda Miller, interim department chair of Family and Consumer Science and program coordinator for Early Care and Education at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “We understand the critical role of early care and education, and we’re honored provide our community with a program that is responsive, inclusive and accessible.”

The TEAM program launched in January 2016 with a cohort of nearly 20 child care providers. In addition to delivering college courses in Early Care and Education, STLCC faculty experts provided participants with personal coaching and resources designed to enhance their individual classrooms and centers.

With the new Boeing grant, STLCC will expand the TEAM program in 2017, building upon its success. Along with recruiting a second cohort of child care providers, the program will support children and families by exposing them to topics in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

A variety of free community STEAM events will be held at STLCC-Florissant Valley’s Child Development Center and at child care centers throughout the area.

“As an active partner in this community, we are grateful for the support we have received from Boeing,” Miller said. “Working together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of families living in north St. Louis County.”

Child care providers interested in participating in the TEAM program are invited to contact Donda Miller at DDMiller@stlcc.edu or 314-513-4061. Information regarding community STEAM events will be available at stlcc.edu/FV in 2017.

About STLCC’s Early Care and Education program

Located at STLCC-Florissant Valley, the Early Care and Education program prepares students to work with young children, from infancy through age eight, in a variety of settings such as preschool, day care, before- and after-school care, teacher assistant in an elementary school, or for management positions such as a program director. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning and opportunities for discussion, students are taught best practices in the field of early education.