WARREN - The Trumbull Community Action Program has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation for expanding a new math and science lab for Head Start preschoolers who will attend kindergarten next year.
TCAP President / CEO James Abicht said TCAP explores every opportunity to improve the future quality of life of preschoolers through creative educational measures.
Abicht said faced with budget cuts TCAP is grateful for the $5,000 which will be used for purchasing a computer, developmentally appropriate math and science materials, fund field trips and organize staff trainings.
TCAP's Head Start program provides additional opportunities for young children to enhance their math and science skills.
Ted Schmidt, regional president speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation, said ''extensive research indicates that the return on investment in high-quality early education and school readiness initiatives are significant and long lasting, impacting our children, our society and the health of our economy.''
Todd Schnulo, a TCAP instructor, said the lab started in 2012 as a way to expand learning for children ages 3 to 5 going into kindergarten. A room on the building's second floor was transformed into the lab which provides computers and materials, such as a Smart Board, for expanding learning in different subjects.
"The children look forward to coming here each week. The parents have been very supportive of this. They children tell the parents how much fun they have and what they have learned here," Schnulo said.
Schnulo said the idea for the room was to prepare children for school when they go from one classroom to another.
Students spend an hour and 10 minutes each week in the room and then return to the regular classroom.
Ryan Pastore, vice president client / community relations with PNC, said the money will help TCAP get the additional technology and materials to support the program
''Technology is key to this program," he said.
Schnulo said the children do enjoy coming to the class and have worked on shadows, reflections, and patterns in science.
''We want t make math and science learning fun for them,'' he said.