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Employee Advisory Council presents Employee Awards

On a busy Friday that saw the groundbreaking of the new, 724-bed student housing complex, the State of the Medical College of Georgia address and the Presidential Farewell Ice Cream Social, the Employee Advisory Council held its inaugural Employee Awards Program.

The awards celebrate individuals, teams, and departments for their “outstanding and meritorious work.”

Vice President for Human Resources Susan Norton opened the two-hour program, followed by a welcome by President Ricardo Azziz.

The Teamwork Award, presented by Coach Clint Bryant, went to the ED Respiratory Therapy Team as well as the staff of the Child Care Center.

Norton presented the Service Excellence Award, which went to Alexis Rossi, Melissa Bold, Elizabeth D. Jones, Sandra Oglesy, and Victoria Worsham.

The Golden Pen Award, which recognizes staff that have reached a significant level of achievement and excellence in both their career and in their contributions to the growth and development of GRU, was presented by Medical College of Georgia Dean Peter Buckley.

Of the six nominees, Drs. Jack Chungkai Yu, Nhuan Nguyen, and Christina DeRemer received the award.

For photos of the winners, click here.

GRU Child Care receives 3-star rating, Shape Award

The GRU Child Care Center just achieved a 3-star rating, the highest possible, from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for the third consecutive year. It is one of only a handful of centers in the state to do this for three years in a row.

In addition, the Child Care Center was also recognized as a model Early Care and Learning Program in Nutrition and Physical Activity from the Governor’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, Georgia Shape.

As a Georgia Shape Award winner, the Child Care Center will be recognized on the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website as an official Georgia Shape Award winner. It will also receive a prize pack and a window cling signifying the Child Care Center as a Georgia Shape facility.

GRU’s Child Care Center receives prestigious accreditation

AUGUSTA, Ga.- The Georgia Regents University Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s oldest and largest organization for early childhood education.

“We are delighted and proud to have received this prestigious accreditation from NAEYC because it is a testament to our community of how hard we are working to provide our children with the best learning experience possible,” said Nancy Webb, Director of GRU’s Child Care Center.

To earn this five-year accreditation, GRU’s Child Care Center underwent on-site visits by NAEYC assessors as well as an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and related accreditation criteria.

Since 1985, NAEYC’s national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC.

The Georgia Regents University Child Care Center is open to the children of employees and students of Georgia Regents University and GRHealth. Established in 1986, the center is fully licensed by the state, and it is a three-star Quality Rated facility through Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business, and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. gru.edu

 

Child Care Center nationally recognized

The Georgia Regents University Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s oldest and largest organization for early childhood education.

“We are delighted and proud to have received this prestigious accreditation from NAEYC because it is a testament to our community of how hard we are working to provide our children with the best learning experience possible,” said Nancy Webb, Director of GRU’s Child Care Center.

To earn this five-year accreditation, GRU’s Child Care Center underwent on-site visits by NAEYC assessors as well as an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and related accreditation criteria.

Since 1985, NAEYC’s national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC.

GRU’s Child Care Center is up for more recognition as it undergoes an on-site visit from Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning today to determine if it will be one of four Early Education Empowerment Zones, or E³Zs, in the state.

If selected, GRU’s Child Care Center will receive will receive a $1.2-million grant to improve early childhood outcomes for those living in Richmond and Burke counties. According to Webb, the university’s push to receive an Empowerment zone grant is a joint effort by GRU and Augusta Technical College.

Funding for the initiative is part of the $51.7 million Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant received last year by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rotary Club, Council of Literacy give back to Child Care Center

The Rotary Club of Augusta has partnered with the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy to sponsor the GRU Child Care Center to provide free books to students.

To celebrate this partnership, members of the Rotary visited the Child Care Center to sit down with the children and read to them.

“It is the bright spot of my day to sit down and watch the faces of the children light up when you read to them,” Rotary member Curt Roberts said. “I’m happy to be a part of something like this.”

Roberts said he believes a program like this can help provide a solid foundation and a love of reading for children.

“Reading is not only important for education, but their development on every level,” Roberts said. “It also helps for a connection between the reader and the children, and that is special.”

Nine members of the Augusta Rotary were on hand, and they  traveled between classrooms reading a variety of age-appropriate books to the students, from infants to four year olds.

President of the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy Ricardo Bravo was on hand, and he said this program can help children in any family.

“Reading is vital for everyone; it expands your knowledge of the outside world, and it opens your mind,” he said. “Data shows that reading to children at a young age can have a huge impact on their development, and this program allows every child to have that chance.”

The Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation that gives the students who register a free book every month until they turn five years old. But the program isn’t free, and the Rotary Club of Augusta helps with the funding for the students of the Child Care Center.

“The students will look forward to receiving the books, and it’s great for quality time between parents and their children,” Bravo said. “And the Rotary Club has been instrumental in supporting this program.”

You can find out more about the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy and the book program at augustaliteracy.org.

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Commissioner Cagle to visit GRU

Bobby Cagle
Bobby Cagle

Bobby Cagle, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, will visit Georgia Regents University on Oct. 21 to meet with university officials and tour the GRU Child Care Center. This visit is part of his “Across the State” tour in which he will meet with staff, state and local officials, and civic groups, as well as visiting child care facilities and Pre-K classrooms.

“We are delighted to have Commissioner Cagle visit our center because he has spearheaded the quest to make quality-rated education a priority for Georgia’s children,” said Nancy Webb, Director of GRU’s Child Care Facility.

Since 2011, Cagle has served as the Commissioner of Bright from the Start, an agency responsible for the early care and education of hundreds of thousands of Georgia’s children. In this position, Cagle oversees an annual budget of $681 million for programs focused on licensing, nutrition, child care subsidy, quality improvement, and Georgia’s Pre-K.

Cagle earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

GRU Child Care Center registration to begin

2013-2014 Pre-Kindergarten Registration for the GRU Child Care Center will be March 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration forms may be picked up at the Child Care Center on Thursday, March 7.

Requirements:

Must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and reside in the state of Georgia

The following documentation is required for registration: child’s birth certificate, child’s social security car, and proof of Georgia residency (utility bill or lease). For more information, call 706-721-4171.