Many Community Action Agencies offer programs for children to ensure they get the education they need to succeed in the future. One example is Trumbull Community Action Program’s (TCAP) math and science lab for Head Start preschoolers.
The math and science lab was started in 2012 as a way to expand learning for children age three to five. A room on the second floor of TCAP’s Head Start building was transformed into the lab, which provides computers and materials, such as a Smart Board for expanding learning. The idea for the room was to prepare children for school where they go from one classroom to another. Students spend an hour and 10 minutes each week in the room and then return to their regular class.
“The children look forward to coming here (to the lab) each week,” said Todd Schnulo, a TCAP instructor. “The parents have been very supportive of this. The children tell the parents how much fun they have and what they have learned here.”
In 2013, TCAP received a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to expand the lab, allowing them to purchase a computer, developmentally-appropriate math materials, fund field trips and organize staff trainings. TCAP President and CEO James Abicht said, “TCAP explores every opportunity to improve the future quality of life of preschoolers through creative educational measures.”
Some of the things children have worked on include shadows, reflections and patterns in science. “We want to make math and science learning fun for them,” Schnulo concluded.
For more information about Community Action programs in your area, visit www.oacaa.org. Note, not all Community Action Agencies offer these programs.