COLUMBUS, Miss.- An additional award from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund will allow the Child & Parent Development Center (CPDC) on the campus of Mississippi University for Women to offer training on brain-compatible learning, self-care, health and safety.
“Our state early-learning standards and research have all evolved and continue to show that focusing on social-emotional learning has long term academic benefits. We also know that teaching children to appropriately manage their own emotions and build problem-solving skills is important to long term success, and is emerging as one of the main principles in early childhood,” said Penny Mansell, CPDC director. “We are excited to offer this for our community.”
The Priority 2 of GEER funding of $62,480 will allow the CPDC to offer the trauma-informed and evidence-based conscious discipline training and receive materials to distribute to interested parents in the Columbus-Lowndes community. The grant will also fund conscious discipline and calm-down materials for early childhood classrooms that complete the 10-course online training.
“Conscious Discipline focuses on making connections and teaches us how to work through stress and big emotions. These skills are extremely important for our kids, parents and caregivers as we navigate the stress and trauma of the pandemic,” said Melinda Lowe, director of Outreach & Innovation and coordinator of education.
The GEER grant will provide iPads, computers, specific curriculum education training for lead teaching staff and education interns at CPDC. A back-pack food program, occasional meals for GEER funded families, PPE and safety kits for families and classrooms, family engagement activities, kindergarten readiness bags and individualized interventions will be made available to the Columbus-Lowndes community.
The grant was written and will be managed by Mansell and Lowe. CPDC recently received $145,606 from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund as part of Priority 1 of GEER funding that covers essential emergency educational services specifically for the early care and education of very young children age 0-5. The main goal for CPDC during the first round of funding was to assist young families during the pandemic.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 10, 2020
Contact: Tyler Wheat