Educators from across Wyoming were invited to Aspen Early Learning Center (AELC) for an Early Childhood Expo this week. Attendees able to travel to Riverton after the snowstorm impacted most of Wyoming learned how AELC educates all the “littles” of Fremont County School District #25 (FCSD#25).
FCSD#25 Superintendent Terry Snyder was the keynote speaker at the Expo. His speech focused on the creation of “birth to kinder” programs at AELC. As well as a strong education foundation impacts children for the rest of their school years and beyond.
Attendees were provided the opportunity to visit classrooms and see AELC’s on-campus programs in action. Those programs include: Preschool, Kinder Boost, Kindergarten, and STREAM.
AELC has built education programs backward from Kindergarten, shared Principal Sheryl Esposito. One program, in particular, was creating a Kinder Boost for students who are not quite ready for Kindergarten. This in-between Preschool and Kindergarten program provides children the time they need to develop their “school skills.” The most significant growth they see in Kinder Boost students is in leadership.
AELC’s other programs for early childhood education include birth to 5 programs such as Learning with Littles; a twice a week program that provides parents and children with engagement activities. AELC also spearheads community outreach with their Early Childhood Collective monthly meetings for Fremont County childcare and preschool providers.
They are also dedicated to providing all Fremont County children from birth to 5 with a free book once a month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Their fundraiser for the program “Men Who Cook” is on Saturday, February 15th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Fremont Center in Riverton. This program is free for any child in Fremont County, and every ticket sold for the fundraiser sponsors one child for a year.
You can learn more about the upcoming fundraiser by clicking here.