Central Lakes College has opened an early childhood learning lab for preschool-age toddlers on the Brainerd campus.
Staffed by an early childhood family education instructor and two CLC child development students, the second-floor lab school is open from 9-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
A handful of youngsters have begun learning in a supportive second-floor child development lab at Central Lakes College, where an instructor and two student interns are leading a host of morning activities three days per week. Kristin Kapsner is one of the CLC student interns.
Up to 15 children can be accommodated. Registration for the lab school is done at the Brainerd Early Childhood and Family Education Center. Parents may contact Connie Nelson at 829-0412 to sign up their children.
Angie Nelson, a Brainerd native, is the teacher. She is a CLC alumna, earning her associate in arts degree before transferring to the University of Minnesota-Crookston. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. For the last four years she has worked for the Brainerd School District.
Assisting in the lab as part of her practicum, Andrea Almsted of Brooklyn Park is a CLC student. Almsted is working toward her child development degree. She is a member of the Raiders volleyball and basketball teams.
Preschoolers attending the Central Lakes College learning lab in Brainerd take short walks to view campus points of interest, such as the fish pond with teacher Angie Nelson.
Kristin Kapsner of Pierz is the other student intern, pursuing her associate in applied science degree in child development, care and guidance. She is a member of the Raider softball team.
CLC instructor Jeanette Rydberg said the child development program at CLC appreciates the opportunity to operate this partnership with the ECFE program.
The space for the program is limited, but activities that teach important fundamentals in a friendly learning environment are virtually unlimited.
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