Thursday, August 13, 2009

Letter From Roberta Deutschman - Grandparent & Early Childood Specialist

Letter to the Board from Roberta K. Deutschman,

Educator, Child Life Specialist ,Early Childhood Specialist, Preschool Director, Children’s Enrichment Coordinator.

Our lives, begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am convinced that for the good of the whole community, the Board needs to stop the closing of the Lakeview Learning Center.

I have been a member of Lake II for 32 years. Both Lake I and Lake II share so many wonderful amenities from the pool area to tennis and basketball courts, event entertaining and gym areas. THE one main attraction Lake I has is it’s excellent Early Childhood Educational Center, the Lakeview Learning Center. This Lakeview Learning Center attracts families seeking excellence in quality education for their preschool age children.Choosing Preschools is a primary factor when choosing ‘where to live’. Early Childhood Education ‘matters’ to families in this community.

The Lakeview Learning Center is NAEYC accredited and it is only one of a few in the area to receive this achievement in excellence. NAEYC, National Association of the Education for Young Children, accredits Learning Centers who meet the highest of standards in education. The Lakeview Learning Center offers our community families the excellence in education including staffing, curriculum and physical environment.

It is imperative that as a community we recognize the Lakeview Learning Center and its capacities, talents, direction and mission. For our families this Center is a place to develop...emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. This Center follows developmentally appropriate guidelines developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

I am ‘speaking out’ because it ‘matters’ and asking the Board to support Early Childhood Education and your outstanding Learning Center. Lake I Lakeview Learning Center is Early Childhood Education; it is not a Day Care. The learning experiences provided are NAEYC Accredited. We have an outstanding Learning Center in our community and we do not want to let it go!

It would be an ‘honor’ for the Board to support the Lakeview Learning Center and not a liability. Let’s acknowledge today’s difficult economic times , and ask Lake I Board to become our ‘Hero’ and come to the aid of our families.

I was a ‘founding’ director of the Preschool on Lake II and I know the community mission and services the association can provide for our families. An Early Childhood Center and one that is NAEYC accredited, and only a select few reach this honor, should continue to be the heart of our mission.

Marketing a preschool is no easy task. My children live on Lake I and only ‘stumbled’ on this Center....but because of its NAEYC accreditation, they enrolled without hesitation. This speaks highly of the developmental programs they provide. The Board needs to give this Preschool a chance. The Lakeview Learning Center is a value to the association and to the community at large.

Respectfully submitted,

Roberta K. Deutschman

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