NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Community College’s early childhood education program recently received a $61,000 state grant.
The state Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood awarded the money to enable the college to improve its child development laboratory school.
The child development laboratory school at offers child care and education for children ranging from ages 6 months to 5 years.
“This is a grant to remodel the CDLS kitchen, make some aesthetic improvements to the playground and build an interior hallway between the lab school and our Discovery Room, an additional room where children have the ability to do large projects such as science experiments,” Joan Parris, NCC director of early childhood community education, said in a press release. “As a teaching institution, the grant enables us to expand teaching opportunities for the students we work with.
“The hallway to the Discovery Room will allow us to have an exterior entrance, and the improvements to the playground will support children’s gross motor skills and allow our students to see a variety of physical activities for three-and four-year-olds.”
Parris wrote the grant proposal.
“This funding strengthens the providers and educators who make a real difference in the daily lives of our young children,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, (D-Norwalk), said in a press release. “Early childhood education is the foundation of a successful future and these programs strive to provide that for all of Norwalk’s children.”
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