The Town of Enfield’s Family Resource Center, a Division of the Enfield Department of Social Services, has partnered with Asnuntuck Community College’s Early Childhood Education program. In a unique and creative collaborative program, the two partners are providing an educational experience at the Enfield Public School’s Stowe Early Learning Center, to preschool aged children who are entering preschool and kindergarten in the fall, and who have had a limited preschool experience due to the pandemic.  The summer program, currently underway, is three weeks long and there are three classes of 16 children each going to Kindergarten and two classes of ten children going to preschool. Funding for the program has come from the CT Office of Early Childhood and is partially staffed by Teaching Assistants who are Asnuntuck students or recent grads. 

Administrators from the college, and the town of Enfield recently participated in a walk-through tour of the program. Led by Amy Morales, who is the Family Resource Center Coordinator for Enfield and who has been coordinating this summer initiative, the group had an opportunity to peek inside the classrooms to see the children in the program. 

Participating in the visit were Enfield’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools Andy Longey, Assistant Town Manager Kasia Purciello, Director of Social Services Cindy Guerreri, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives Jaclyn Valley, Enfield’s Chief Academic Officer Michelle Middleton, Partnership Coordinator Amy Witbro,  Asnuntuck’s CEO Dr. Michelle Coach, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Teresa Foley, and Professor and Career Programs Department Chair Carol LaLiberte.

To learn more about the Stowe Early Learning Center visit https://harriet.sharpschool.com/.

Registration is underway for Asnuntuck. Classes for the fall begin on August 26th. Visit Asnuntuck.edu to learn more.

 

Pictured left to right, Family Resources Coordinator Amy Morales, Enfield Partnership Coordinator Amy Witbro, ACC students Zena Saleh and Cortland Carbone, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Stowe Jaclyn Valley, ACC students Cierra Menard, Chelsey Dombrowski, Chief Academic Officer Michelle Middleton, Assistant Superintendent Andy Longey, ACC Professor Carol LaLiberte, ACC student Makenzie O’Kanos, Cindy Guerreri, Director of Social Services Town of Enfield, Asnuntuck CEO Dr. Michelle Coach, Interim Executive Assistant to the CEO Sharntae Wilson, and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Teresa Foley. Photo by Julie Cotnoir