Education Faculty Continues Advocacy

Dozens of child care providers from Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde attended free training on Sat., Nov. 16 in Uvalde.—Laura Nelson photo

Dozens of child care providers from Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde attended free training on Sat., Nov. 16 in Uvalde.—Laura Nelson photo

By Laura Nelson

Championing pre-school aged children comes naturally for Sul Ross-Rio Grande College’s Dr. Tim Wilson and Dr. Gina Stocks.

The pair holds free trainings three times per year for area child care professionals. Those who work in day care centers and other child care organizations are required to accrue at least 24 hours per year in trainings to maintain their licensure. Wilson said, “Part of my role as a professor of education is community service. I can personally find no more important people to work with than those who are caring for the young children of southwest Texas.”

Stocks, an assistant professor of education, and Wilson, a professor of education, develop each session to meet national standards designed for caregivers who are responsible for a child’s earliest developmental, emotional and educational needs.

At the most recent workshop, held Sat., Nov. 16 in Uvalde, dozens of participants from Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde attended two, three-hour seminars about how very young children learn and how their language and literacy skills develop. Information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was also shared. Each caregiver received a certificate for six clock hours for attending both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Trainings offered at no charge were once common, but budget cuts put an end to most of them and Stocks and Wilson offer a total of 18 clock hour trainings per year at no cost. For more information about future trainings, contact Dr. Wilson by email at twilson@sulross.edu or by telephone at 830.279.3024.

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