South Central College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program today donated Activity Kits to Faribault Community Education’s new evening early childhood program for staff to use with children.

The Activity Kits were put together by South Central College ECE students, with the cost of supplies covered through a grant from Education Minnesota. Each Activity Kit is essentially a ready-to-go “Lesson in a Box” that teachers can use to provide multiple pre-developed activities on a single highlighted subject. There are 10 different Activity Kits with subjects ranging from physics to music to insects.  

“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students, who got hands-on experience putting together a curriculum for young children, while giving back to their community,” said South Central College Early Childhood Education faculty Darci Stanford. “As someone who has worked in the Early Childhood field, I know how valuable these kits will be for teachers.”

South Central College’s Early Childhood Education program, formerly known as Child Development Careers, prepares students to work with children ages birth to eight years old in a variety of settings. Those graduating from the program with a two-year associate of applied science degree can teach early childhood in a variety of settings, including public and private childcare facilities. The college also offers a two-year associate of science degree that enables graduates to transfer their credits toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education at Southwest Minnesota State University or the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. After graduating from one of these four-year institutions, they will be qualified to teach birth- 3rd grade in a school.