On Friday, January 27, Juana Rodriguez-Vazquez facilitated the first Migrant Education Program (MEP) school readiness group of 2017 for Milbridge-area preschoolers. In the first floor conference at the Mano en Mano office, Juana and volunteer Susan Guilford worked with students making bilingual “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” sequence books and teaching students about number recognition, counting, color recognition and literacy skills. At the same time upstairs, Early Childhood Consultant Elin Mackinnon from the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) discussed the behavioral health of preschool aged children and answered parents’ questions about more specific behavioral issues. Elin also distributed resources to parents in both English and Spanish.
Juana started the school readiness group in the fall of 2016 for migrant education eligible students ages 3-5 and their parents. The group usually meets twice a month and focuses both on teaching the students skills they need to succeed in school as well as on providing families with parenting support from various early childhood specialists. In the fall, parents heard from a car seat safety specialist and a family psychologist, while students learned social and emotional skills, problem solving, self-help, imaginative play in addition to their numbers, colors, and letters.
Thanks to Elin from the CCC for presenting and to Susan for volunteering this week! Interested in volunteering to help with MEP or other children’s activities? Volunteers must have CHRC background checks to work with students. If you are able to and interested in volunteering, please contact Maria Kennedy at 207-558-1917.