To quote Dr. Jessica Hammond, Principal of the Early Childhood Education Center, “the ECEC is the gateway to the Dedham Public Schools, for many students, this is their first school experience.”
Recently, we had the opportunity to spend a little time at the school, and see firsthand, the 200 plus Kindergarten students navigate their way through an average school day.
Gone are the days of having someone read a Dick and Jane story to you, or being told to grab a handful of crayons and go color something. The ECEC is running 11 sessions of Kindergarten classes each week and it`s teachers and aides are some of the most highly trained in their field. The Center offers learning experiences that are designed for our Town`s children, aged 3-6 yrs.
In Kindergarten, there are classes in social thinking, treasures in reading, how to use everyday math, and a hands on approach to science and technology. Teachers are there not only to instruct in math and reading, but to help with separating from Mom and Dad, safety awareness, hygiene, interacting with peers, and teaching our little ones how to follow rules. The children, some barely able to see over the desk, even work on computers!
Dr. Jessica Hammond`s goal, a shared vision, is one that`s focused on preparing our children for the future. “The skills they learn at the ECEC helps to enhance their ability to learn, making them more successful students in the future.” We couldn`t have said it better ourselves!
Story by Joe Kilroy