Mifflin County Library helping early childhood professionals

LEWISTOWN – As educational requirements evolve, early childhood professionals are seeking career development opportunities. Continued education to meet their needs is now available locally through a cooperation between the Mifflin County Library and Children’s Work Box.

Susan Miriello, children’s librarian, said two-part workshops are offered quarterly in the community room at the library. Classes are run by Rose Massie, a teacher certified with the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System. Workshops last two hours and meet required professional development hours for early childhood professionals.

Massie said lesson topics include literacy, math and science.

The next workshop is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the library. She said the first lesson features the Partners in Print curriculum, a national program offered by the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit. The January excerpt will explain how print works and encourage the development of pre-reading skills in infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Massie uses Children’s Work Boxes, educational kits she develops, for the second part of the workshop. Each box includes a book – this time, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” – with easy-to-use leveled learning activities.

“Literacy has been something I’ve been part of throughout my teaching career,” she said. “Not all children learn at the same pace.”

During each program, Massie said she presents basic, intermediate and advanced concepts for teachers to tailor to their students.

Massie said workshops include refreshments and time to talk with other educators.

“I really try to make (workshops) very enjoyable,” Massie said, explaining that classes in addition to work can make for a long day.

Past programs have drawn groups of about 20 early childhood professionals to the library, Miriello said.

After each workshop, Miriello catalogs the contents of related work boxes. They are available to be borrowed through the library and are a beneficial resource for preschools, daycares and parents, she said. However, credit hours may only be earned by those who attend workshops.

The deadline to register for the January workshop is Jan. 20. For more information, call Rose Massie at 899-6044, email rmassie@childrensworkbox.com or email Susan Miriello at kidsroom@mifcolib.org.

Workshops cost $12 per person and are sponsored in part by the United Way.