preschool program (cont.)
In 2005, we noticed that the Darling Preschool in the Jeronimo Lopez barrio, where we work with teens in our Youth Afterschool Program, was rarely open. We made inquiries and found that teachers were so poorly paid that they quit and parents had no confidence in the school. We provided a stipend for the teacher as well as aides and the enrollment rapidly grew.
Eventually there were 60 children enrolled in three levels with three teachers and the school has been certified by the Nagarote Ministry of Education. Staff from the Early Childhood Education Program at Norwalk Community College provides ongoing professional development for the staff at the Darling School and other preschools in Nagarote at the request of the Nagarote Ministry of Education.