Monday, December 10, 2012

Service Learning: Early Childhood Parent Education Meeting

Gallatin Daycare recently partnered with students from Penny Duncan’s Early Childhood Education 2040 Family Dynamics class to provide a parent education meeting.

The students met with Gallatin Daycare director, Linda Boyles, to discuss the needs of the families at the childcare. A “needs assessment questionnaire” was created by the students to give to the parents to determine the family’s needs and interests. As a result, the students planned an informational meeting providing local resources in the area and contacted a speaker; P.J. Davis from Shalom Zone. The students donated food and toys themselves and made baskets to give away as door prizes. There were 15 parents who attended and each went home with a basket or gift. Some of the local resources presented included the Gallatin Public Library, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Free Books, Gallatin’s Regional Intervention Program, Last Minute Toy Store, Shalom Zone, Gallatin Care’s and Hendersonville’s Samaritan Center.

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