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May 9, 2014

Agency encourages preschool learning

KEESEVILLE — The Children’s Development Group has expanded its efforts to support area kids.

Its mission is to “shape a creative and fun-filled learning environment, where tolerance and acceptance are valued.”

TUTORING OFFERED

Established in 2009 in the home of the Executive Director Margi Carter, the agency has continued to grow.

She said they realize children are struggling to meet Common Core standards.

“Therefore, we decided to expand into tutoring services to support teachers and provide students with unique and individualized learning strategies to promote success and reach their full potential.”

NEEDS

She started Children’s Development Group when she saw a need for preschool integrated programs and services in Essex County.

“Once I got started, I began to see other needs in the counties and directed my goal to provided exemplary services to all children as cost effectively as possible.”

Children’s Development Group, which recently opened a new office in Keeseville, has 44 employees, most of whom work part time. They include physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as classroom teachers and aides.

Services are provided in Clinton, Essex. Franklin, Hamilton, Washington and Warren counties.

Carter has been in the field of special education for 25 years.

She is a licensed speech language pathologist with a certificate of advanced study in school district administration and is working on a doctorate in organizational leadership — special education. 

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

Children’s Development Group programs serve more than just the preschoolers.

“I also want to bring parents and children together. Our lives are so busy, and as parents we sometimes forget how awesome children are to hang out with and how quickly they grow up.”

About 100 youngsters are involved in the agency’s programs, including individual programs and integrated classrooms in Elizabethtown and Ticonderoga.

In the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School classroom, fifth-graders have “adopted” the preschoolers and periodically join them for activities.

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