Coahoma’s Early Childhood Academy Holds Open House

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, was a day of new beginnings as the Coahoma Community College Early Childhood Academy (ECA) officially opened its doors.

Coahoma’s Early Childhood Academy Holds Open House

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Sat Feb 3, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, was a day of new beginnings as the Coahoma Community College Early Childhood Academy (ECA) officially opened its doors.

The Mississippi Community College Board’s Early Childhood Academy collaborates with participating community and junior colleges, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, and childcare providers to ensure that Mississippi’s family-based unified and integrated early childhood system connects and integrates resources and services for both parents/caregivers and their children. The Office is also responsible for establishing an Early Childhood Academy with a Resource and Referral Center at participating community colleges like Coahoma; delivering professional development for all centers, delivering and managing technical assistance and coaching, and providing leadership to the Resource and Referral offices. 

Nekedra Blockett, coaching and professional development specialist, is thrilled about the Academy’s opening and knows it will benefit the community. She looks forward to sharing all that ECA has to offer.

“I am passionate about the work I do because I love working closely with children and families. I have an innate desire to improve the lives of others,” said Blockett. “We can make a huge difference in the life of a child. This academy will be a great place for families, childcare providers, and anyone else in the community to come learn new techniques in childhood development/education and have access to a variety of educational resources.”

The mission of the Early Childhood Academy is to provide ongoing high-quality technical assistance and professional development to childcare providers and families through resource and referral services; ensuring a nurturing learning environment that promotes readiness.

Dr. Valmadge Towner, President of Coahoma Community College, believes the Early Childhood Academy is necessary as the need grows for nurturing and mentoring children towards success.

“Meeting the needs of children as early as possible is helpful to the child, the family, and educational service providers,” said Towner. “Children can learn at the highest levels if given reasonable support and opportunities at an early age.”

“We believe that the research is clear and best practices are nearly unanimous when they indicate that venues such as the Early Childhood Academy will provide children and families with the necessary resources; igniting a love for learning early in life,” Towner asserts.

The Early Childhood Academy’s services consist of providing ongoing high-quality technical assistance, coaching and professional development to childcare providers and families through resource and referral services. These services will ensure a nurturing learning environment that promotes readiness and provides leadership to the Resource and Referral offices.

Blockett welcomes the community to take full advantage of ECA's facilities and services.

“Our facility is brand new and we are open to the public. We have resources that parents and providers can check out and computers that are free to use in our facility," said Blockett. “We are here to provide training and resources for our five county service area.”

For more information on the CCC Early Childhood Academy, contact Latarsha Williams, resource & referral associate, at (662) 621-4831 or lawilliams@coahomacc.edu. You may also contact, Nekedra Blockett, coaching and professional development specialist, at (662) 621-4139 or nblockett@coahomacc.edu. 

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