Colorado Mountain College’s associate degree in early childhood education recently received full national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
“The NAEYC is nationally recognized as the premier leader and advocate in early childhood education in the United States,” said Barbara Jackman, a faculty member in Colorado Mountain College’s early childhood education program. “Full accreditation ensures that our students have chosen a program of high quality to meet their professional and educational goals.”
An associate’s degree in early childhood education prepares graduates for employment at child care centers, preschools, kindergartens, nursery schools, after-school programs, recreational centers and other programs for children from birth to age 8.
Colorado Mountain College’s degree was initially awarded national accreditation with conditions two years ago. The program’s new accreditation status will continue for the next five years and will then be eligible for renewal.
The AAS in early childhood education is offered at Colorado Mountain College’s campuses and commuter locations in Breckenridge, Dillon, Edwards, Leadville, Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Buena Vista.
The Summit School District Board of Education proclaimed September 2014 as “Attendance Awareness Month” for students.
Over the next month, district leaders hope to raise family, student and community awareness about the importance of being on time and at school every day.
“Good attendance is a critical part of student academic achievement,” said Dr. Heidi Pace, Superintendent. “Students that miss even two or three days a month can fall behind in the classroom and struggle to catch-up.”
Starting as early as kindergarten and prekindergarten, chronic absence can have adverse consequences for academic achievement, research shows. By third grade, chronically absent students are less likely to read on grade level, and by sixth grade, chronic absence becomes an early warning sign that a student may drop out of high school.
Children with certain risk factors — including poverty, homelessness, frequent moves and disabilities — are especially hard hit since they can least afford to miss school. While some absences are unavoidable, such as those caused by illness, it’s important for families and students to strive for good attendance.
“We hope to encourage families to be on time to school and schedule vacations, personal days and other activities as often as they can during the times when schools are not in session,” said Jonathan Johnson, principal of Breckenridge Elementary School.
WINTER DAY CAMPS
Frisco’s Recreation Department will offer Winter Vacation Sensation day camps for children ages 5 to 12 during no-school days throughout the school year. Registration opens Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 8 a.m.
Each day of camp will focus on themed activities which offer educational opportunities and activities. The state licensed day camp program offers experienced camp counselors, low child-to-counselor ratios and access to recreational amenities and field trips.
“There is a new fall break in October this year so we added a day camp during that time. We strive to provide engaging, reliable and fun day camps for children during their school breaks. We understand that days off from school can be very challenging for parents and caregivers. Honestly, we have as much fun as campers do because we plan things which are adventurous and a break from the every day,” said Linsey Kach, recreation programs manager.
All camps will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 110 3rd Avenue, Frisco, except for the October camp, which will be at the Frisco Nordic Center at 621 Recreation Way.
The rate for Frisco residents is $40/day and for non-residents it is $45/day. Additional children will receive a discount of 20 percent, and to receive this discount parents can receive a 20 percent discount for additional children if they register at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge in person or call the lodge at (970) 668-9133.
Registration paperwork is available online at FriscoRecreation.com or at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge at 616 Recreation Way. Paperwork from the 2014 summer Frisco Fun Club is valid until June 1, 2015, and parents can contact Linsey Kach at Linseyk@townoffrisco.com to ensure all paperwork is complete.
Camp dates: Oct. 17, 20 and 21; Dec. 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and 31; Jan. 2 and 5; Feb. 23-27; and April 6-10.