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New child care scholarship for water crisis victims at MCC

07/31/2017

The ECLC serves as the laboratory pre-school for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, providing extensive hours of teaching experience for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood.
The ECLC serves as the laboratory pre-school for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, providing extensive hours of teaching experience for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood.
Recipients of the scholarship will have opportunities to participate in fun, hands-on learning literacy activities with their children and will receive free materials to use at home.
Recipients of the scholarship will have opportunities to participate in fun, hands-on learning literacy activities with their children and will receive free materials to use at home.

Mott Community College (MCC) student parents have access to a new child care scholarship beginning with the Fall semester 2017. The new MCC Family Early Literacy Partnership (FELP) child care scholarship applications are available to currently enrolled MCC students who are eligible for Pell funds, and who have a child aged 2 ½ to 4 years old, who was exposed to Flint water at home, at childcare, at a relative’s house or at school any time since April of 2014.

“Priority for scholarships will be given to MCC student-parents (in college credit programs) with children exposed to Flint water who have previously been enrolled at the Early Childhood Learning Center in order to support the completion of parents’ educational goals,” said Susan Lechota, Director of the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) at MCC.

Pell-eligible MCC Workforce Development students enrolled in a certificate program (non-credit) with children ages 2 ½ to 4 who have been affected by the Flint Water Crisis are also eligible to apply for the MCC ECLC child care scholarship/subsidy.

“In addition to free and reduced cost, high-quality child care, recipients of the scholarship will have many special opportunities to participate in fun, hands-on learning literacy activities with their children and will receive lots of free materials throughout the school year to use at home,” added Lechota.

The FELP scholarship is funded through a $39,865 grant from the Community Impact Fund of the United Way of Genesee County, and a $224,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint –Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

About the Early Childhood Learning Center at MCC:
The ECLC serves as the laboratory pre-school for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, providing extensive hours of teaching experience for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood. It provides a high-quality, active learning environment for children aged 2.5 to 5 years of age, where critical and creative thinking is nurtured and celebrated.

The ECLC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through 2019. Accreditation signifies that the center has achieved excellence in providing high-quality early childhood education for young children. In order to receive accreditation, the educational environment must meet the ten NAEYC Program Standards and over 400 related Accreditation Criteria.

Additionally, the ECLC has received a 5 STAR quality rating from Great Start to Quality, the State of Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and life.

For more information about MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center, visit http://www.mcc.edu/eclc/index.shtml.

For more information about MCC’s Early Childhood Education Program, visit http://www.mcc.edu/programs_courses/prog_guide.php?programid=ECED2.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: http://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php

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July 31, 2017
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