Twenty-three (23) additional trained substitute teachers will now be available to support quality early care and learning centers in the area, thanks to United Way of the CSRA’s sponsorship of the SMART START Early Education Substitute Teacher Program.
United Way knows that children need to have consistent teachers who offer safe and nurturing relationships and age appropriate activities to support their developmental stages. Teachers provide a vital key to quality childhood care and education. Thus, the top priority should be to insure that well-educated substitute teachers are available to early learning programs in the CSRA.
In 2011, there were more than 2,025 Georgia Pre-K students enrolled in Richmond County, and over 800 three-year olds enrolled in Head Start according to the Kid’s Count Data Center. This is the second year United Way has helped bring the certification program to the CSRA with a total of 47 graduates to date. “The earliest years of childhood are critical, and with programs such as SMART START, we are helping ensure that all children receive quality and consistent training,” stated Joan Stoddard, community building coordinator.