Supporting families during the pandemic
Early childhood education students and faculty reached out to serve the Cedar Valley this spring. As part of the Child, Family, School and Community Relationships course with instructor Brandy Smith, students volunteered at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and partnered with Cedar Valley Preschool and Childcare Center. They supported the preschool by planting grass, making blankets and creating promotional flyers. The semester was interrupted by COVID-19, but students were still able to complete some of their projects, learning how to navigate group work electronically.
Associate professor of early childhood education Mary Donegan-Ritter, has also cared for families this year, helping them cope while local libraries and other activities were closed. As a volunteer with the biweekly food pantry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls, she helped distribute children’s books which had been donated by Quota Club of Waterloo and church members. Families were offered age appropriate books for toddlers, preschools and elementary students as they picked up food and other essentials.
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