The LLCC Child Development Center was selected to be the site for video footage on Best Practices in Early Childhood Education. These videos will be part of the resources available to higher education faculty across the state as part of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Competency Modularization Project for the ECE higher education commission. The project has been coordinated by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency and funded through a grant from the Preschool Development Grant for Birth to Five.
The filming of staff interviews took place on Monday, Nov. 15. Mary Beth Ponser (pictured), child development teacher; Cassy Taylor, child development assistant; and Laurie Rhodes, director, were interviewed for the video. On Tuesday, specific aspects were filmed such as teacher/parent interactions during the morning drop-off, playground safety, gross motor room safety, classroom supervision, story time, formal meeting with a parent and a 30 minute video tracking the movements of one child in the classroom. They concluded the video shoot on Wednesday with filming the learning activities in the classroom. The segments now go back for editing and should be concluded by the end of this year.
Laurie Rhodes, director of the Child Development Center, created this video on time management and routines for young children for the Montgomery County Head Start program. The video will be used during parent commitment meetings.
The LLCC Child Development Center is represented at the annual Zhoulie Ghoulie Halloween event at Henson Robinson Zoo. Each classroom worked on a scarecrow for the display. This year, displays will not be staffed as additional safety precautions have been put in place for the event.
The LLCC Child Development Center was the recipient of a gift of PPE supplies from Community Child Care Connection. The gifts were given as a token of sincere appreciation for all the center has done, and continues to do, for the children and families in our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The PPE supplies were made possible by the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Greater Capital Region of Illinois. Supplies included disinfectant, bleach, gloves, hand sanitizer, adult masks, children’s masks, face shields, towels, facial tissue and laundry detergent, as well as some children’s books and posters. The Child Development Center is so grateful to Community Child Care Connection for this gift of much needed supplies.
Laurie Rhodes, director, LLCC Child Development Center, was interviewed by STARNET: Early Childhood for a podcast about the challenges, successes and lessons learned amid increased regulations as a result of COVID-19.
Laurie Rhodes, director, LLCC Child Development Center, was quoted in “Community college child care centers cope with the pandemic,” an article by the American Association of Community College’s (AACC’s) Community College Daily about how the pandemic has affected child care centers, student parents and center staff and how they are moving forward.
Laurie Rhodes, director, LLCC Child Development Center, was interviewed yesterday by the American Association of Community College’s (AACC’s) Community College Daily about how the pandemic has affected child care centers, student parents and center staff and about the college’s plans for the center this fall.
LLCC has been approved as an entitled institution through 2023 for the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential – Levels 2, 3 and 4; Infant Toddler Credential – Levels 2, 3 and 4; and Illinois Director Credential – Level 1. As an entitled institution, students at LLCC have the opportunity to qualify for state recognized credentials as they take courses or complete a degree through LLCC Early Childhood Education.
LLCC is among a select group of institutions in Illinois to be entitled for the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials. All Gateways to Opportunity Credentials have competencies that reflect multiple professional standards, including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.