Happy New Year! I am excited to welcome in a new year full of excitement and meaningful teaching and learning experiences at Albany Children’s Center. Every day you can find Albany’s youngest students learning through play in high-quality, engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive learning environments.
This month all of the preschool and transitional kindergarten students will participate in engaging hands-on activities that encourage scientific exploration. Children will learn about dry ice and adventures with air. Scientists will come to ACC from Mad Science of Mount Diablo. This will be fun, meaningful and memorable. These Mad Science workshops will take place on January 16th and 18th in our early childhood classrooms. We are happy to provide this engaging enrichment activity for our students; it is made possible by a grant given to our teachers from the Albany Education Fund. Thank you AEF!!
Albany Children’s Center is working to receive our No Place for Hate certification from the Anti-Defamation League. This month we will implement Bias-Free Learning in all of our preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms. These developmentally appropriate activities are designed to build upon children’s play to reinforce anti-bias goals. Anti-bias education is grounded in research about young children’s development of identity and attitudes. Each classroom will engage in a “kick-off” lesson/activity utilizing the World of Difference Bias-Free foundations curriculum guide.
Anna Mansker, ACC Director