The students enrolled in Special Education 300 or 500 Children and Youth with Exceptionalities serve approximately 100 children who reside at Maplewood Townhomes in Winona. When Carol Marchant began Kids First six years ago, it was a small venture with the goal to increase literacy levels. Since then, the program has only expanded, leaving a positive impact on the local community and university.
Kids First is a requirement for all teacher education candidates on the Winona campus; every education major has the privilege of participating in the service-learning course. This is a great time for the Winona State Education students to work one-on-one in a friendly and comfortable setting with students from different cultural backgrounds.
Kids First offers programs in community health sponsored by the nursing program, Book Club to increase early literacy, CYFAR for middle School students, cooking classes for all, College Bound for high school students and many other fun enriching activities throughout the week.
Carol Marchant, Kids First Director
Meghan Sinning, Special Education Instructor