*For Immediate Release*
Organization Lends Itself To Literacy and Education
Families First for Mississippi's new resource center in Greenwood has a lot to offer. In addition to two spacious training rooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab, modern conference room, and professional clothing donation closet, the center's new home proudly houses a unique but important resource known as the "family room".
"Its been a long time coming," says Regional Coordinator, Patsy Macon. "When I started 14 years ago, we were operating out of one room at the hospital. We only offered parenting classes at that time. Its been exciting to watch us grow."
"The family room is my favorite, especially the reading corner," says Center Coordinator, Natalie McLellan. "We want to impact the whole family. It starts with education, and it starts at home. I think this room really exemplifies who we are and what we are about."
The center also hosts a child care training the second Monday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All classes are free and open to the community. As of this month, through partnership with the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB), the Greenwood Resource Center now offers additional services with the placement of two Early Childhood Academy (ECA) coaches. The academy provides professional development to child care providers and families to ensure a nurturing learning environment that promotes readiness.
The reading corner is used for a weekly "Read & Reap" story time session the center offers on Wednesdays and Fridays to promote early interest in reading and quality time between parents and their children. The center also stays open late from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month for a literacy program, which they can also tailor to meet the needs of the client's schedule. Program Educators host on-going trainings and events within the centers as well as going directly to the organization they are servicing.