Visitors experience early childhood education

Visitors experience early childhood education

On Oct. 11, a mad scientist made bubbles with dry ice and gave carbon dioxide baths to Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s youngest students. These students also used the opportunity to show 12 educational specialists from China how Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) takes hands-on learning to a new level.

The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, also known as the Judy Centers, coordinated the activity for more than 50 students enrolled in the program at Dr. Mudd. The Judy Centers serve children in Title I school districts in Maryland from birth through kindergarten. Coordinator of the Judy Centers Leigh Stalter, worked with contract services to provide fun interactive science activities, including in-class performances. Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office organized the visit to Dr. Mudd with the Association of China-US Cultural Communication and Education (ACCCE). The goal of the ACCCE is to collaborate between American and Chinese professional and educational organizations and to exchange practices from both countries. The Chinese visitors came to learn and exchange educational experiences. While at Dr. Mudd, the visitors learned of many activities provided to students and families such as take-home activities for parents and children to complete together, family nights with fun educational activities and tutoring for children needing extra help in math, science or language and literacy. This was the first year the ACCCE visited CCPS. Stalter, took the Chinese guests to a kindergarten, prekindergarten and three-year-old classroom. The three-year-old classroom had an in-class assembly with a Mad Scientist who kept the students engaged by asking questions throughout the performance. The prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms were setup in four centers. Students learned what and why objects sink and float, what materials stick to magnets, what items melt, and how to engulf a human into a bubble. The visitors worked with students and saw how the teachers and children work together.

The Judy Center, serves kindergarten, prekindergarten and the three-year-old program at Dr. Mudd. Dr. Mudd is one of three CCPS elementary schools served by the Judy Center. Along with the components of the Judy Centers, there are four goals that CCPS focuses on each year. One is to identify children and their families before they are school age and connect them with services and activities. The other three goals are to increase Language and Literacy, Math Thinking and science testing scores.

While in the United States, the ACCCE visited schools in St. Mary’s County, Charles County, New York and Boston. The main headquarters for the ACCCE is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but members of the group come from different Chinese provinces. For more information on the ACCCE, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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