Aloha UHMCC parents,
Everyday I hear you sing the praises of the teachers and the program at the Children’s Center. Everyday you see the passion, creativity and love that the teachers bring to the job of caring and educating your children. In my 40 + year career I have never worked with a more knowledgable, dedicated and caring group of educators.
The inclusive and dynamic learning environment creatives by this wonderfully diverse group of teachers is a result of many factors. We need your help in making sure that two of the primary factors that contribute to the success of our program are fully supported, teacher professional development and teacher resources.
We have a small budget for both of these things in our regular operating budget. However, in order to maintain the high quality of our program, both of these factors need additional support.
Because our approach to early childhood education involves real hands-on experiences, we use lots of consumable materials, we go on lots of trips and we are constantly in need of replacing and adding to our learning toys. The seemingly little costs associated with gardening, cooking, building, nature education, making music, creating and exploring add up quickly. We need your help in funding teacher resources.
Although many of our teachers engage in graduate study at UH as part of their professional development, it is also important that they have access to national and international conferences and seminars. This involves funding for registration fees, travel, lodging and food. Years ago when we began this major professional development effort $1,200 (with each teacher covering some of the costs) would almost cover all the expenses of attending a national conference. Today those costs have almost doubled. It is our goal to send at least six teachers to a conference every year in order to keep new and innovative ideas and theories coming into the mix and to share with others the exciting things going on at the Children’s Center. We need your help funding teacher professional development.
Wayne Watkins, former UHMCC Director