“Having childcare where you work is an immense convenience factor”, said Kesa Jessup, Student Retention Manager at Forsyth Tech. Her daughter, Kalli, started at the Carol L. Danforth Early Childhood Lab School when she was 3 ½ years old.
“She had been going to ‘Grandmother’s Camp’ up until that time,” Kesa said. “Then, it was time for her to learn to play with other kids.”
As an only child, Kalli had more occasions to interact with adults than with other children so as Kesa described, “she was not a shrinking violet!” Even though full of confidence when she started, Kalli learned more about how to engage with people closer to her age. Now as one of the older children, she has her chance to show the younger children how to relate to others.
Kalli, now 5 years old, completed kindergarten this past spring and is spending her second summer at the lab school. She knew her alphabet, colors and numbers before she went to kindergarten. She continues learning throughout the summer, getting individualized attention from the staff. The staff observe how children learn and connect with each other.
“The family atmosphere at the lab school is one of the reasons I like having Kalli here,” Kesa said. “I can hear her from my office! The staff knows Kalli and gives me great feedback about her learning and playing.”
Kesa notes that Kalli flourishes at the center, not only in her learning skills but in her artistic initiative in painting, singing and dancing.
“She loves to play dress up and pretend she is Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony or one of the Disney Descendants,” Kesa said. “She assigns who I’m supposed to be when we are playing. She’s a bundle of energy and I’m confident she’s happy here.”
For more information on the childcare grants or to get an application, go to www.forsythtech.edu/childcare.
Childcare is expensive, especially if you are going back to school. At Forsyth Tech, there is a solution. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, eligible student-parents at Forsyth Technical Community College may receive up to 70 percent reimbursement at a licensed center. Forsyth Tech received the grant last year as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS).
Students who need care for children ages 3-5 years may use grant stipends at the Carol L. Danforth Early Childhood Lab School on Forsyth Tech’s main campus. Students who need care for children ages 0 to 2 years may use stipends at licensed centers approved by the Lab School.
Amanda James started back to school at Forsyth Tech in August 2018. “When I heard about the grant in SOAR (Success through Orientation, Advising and Registration), I looked into it right away,” James said. “The grant helped me tremendously. It paid for childcare and enabled me to fulfill my educational dreams of going back to school.”
James said her daughter, Amira, loves the lab school. She’s out of school for the summer but asks to come to childcare every day. Amira smiles all the time she’s interacting with childcare providers.
“I’m also very impressed with the variety of the educational programs at the lab school.” Amira gets one-on-one attention and instruction at the lab school which makes James comfortable knowing her child is getting quality education. The Carol L. Danforth Early Childhood Lab School is a licensed five-star childcare facility. Plus, she feels the staff welcomes her whenever she wants to stop by and see her daughter.
James is studying human resources and ultimately would like to continue her education at Winston-Salem State University for a degree in social work, specifically working with children.
For more information on the childcare grants or to get an application, go to www.forsythtech.edu/childcare