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05/11/18

Children’s Village Welcomes Special Guests from the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

School-age students pause from drawing to join (left) Dr. Greene and Mary Graham in a group photo.

School-age students pause from drawing to join (left) Dr. Greene and Mary Graham in a group photo.

Children’s Village had the honor of hosting two special guests from the United States Department of Labor, Patricia G. Greene, Ph.D., Director of the Women’s Bureau, and Rose Holandez, Senior Program Analyst for Region 3. Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village, shared details of Children’s Village’s commitment to high-quality programming and workforce development.

Among the discussions topics was Children’s Village key role in the nation’s first-of-its-kind Registered Apprenticeship Program for entry-level Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers seeking their Associate’s degree.  Children’s Village has three staff currently participating.  The Apprenticeship awards workers up to 9 credits for prior experience and on-the-job learning.  The apprentices can finish Community College of Philadelphia’s Associate’s degree in Education course sequence on an accelerated timetable, while continuing to work full-time.

Mary also shared details on T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program, a critical resource that assists the early care and education  workforce in reaching professional and educational goals without incurring debt.

“Children’s Village is an advocate for and participant in T.E.A.C.H.  More than 50 Children’s Village staff have participated in T.E.A.C.H. since its inception.  Teachers have improved their education and compensation,” says Mary Graham. Mary also offers workshops to program directors on the impact of T.E.A.C.H., including Growing Your Teachers (and Parents) through T.E.A.C.H.  She serves on the board of Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) and Chairs its Education & Policy Committee.

Dr. Greene and Ms. Holandez visited a classroom, our PNC Grow Up Great Lending Library, and our new adult classrooms.  The latter is part of our newly expanded professional development program.  Specifically, Children’s Village is establishing Philadelphia’s first hands-on Learning Lab for education professionals within a high-quality early learning program. Children’s Village’s teachers and administrators offer an array of Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS)-certified professional development workshops.  Mary Graham shares her 41-years of ECE business acumen through director-level training and coaching.

“I teach directors how funding impacts quality and how quality impacts financial stability.  Many of the program directors I mentor have child care expertise but not extensive fiscal or operations experience.  I guide them on developing accurate financial statements, preparing budgets based on actual costs, and braiding funding to improve compensation.  Materials used are based on Children’s Village business practices.  The directors are, in fact, entrepreneurs and many are women who own their own small business,” explains Mary.

Dr. Greene (left) and Mary Graham speak with kindergarteners enrolled in our out-of-school time academic enrichment program about their artwork.

Dr. Greene (left) and Mary Graham speak with kindergarteners enrolled in our out-of-school time academic enrichment program about their artwork.

(l to r) Wrapping up the tour, Rose Holandez, Dr. Greene, Mary Graham, and Ellen Saint Clair, Development Director, visit Children’s Village’s PNC Grow Up Great Lending Library, home to 5,000+ books, many in English, Chinese and Spanish, encouraging families to read together.

(l to r) Wrapping up the tour, Rose Holandez, Dr. Greene, Mary Graham, and Ellen Saint Clair, Development Director, visit Children’s Village’s PNC Grow Up Great Lending Library, home to 5,000+ books, many in English, Chinese and Spanish, encouraging families to read together.

 
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