Zequoia Hyche meets Sandra Deal

Sandra Deal visits B-5 early care center

College of Education & Human Development student Zequoia Hyche works as an intern at Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Ga., where she puts her coursework in the college’s Birth Through Five program into practice.

Though she normally interacts with center staff and preschoolers, Hyche recently had the opportunity to meet with another educator: Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal.

On Sept. 8, Mrs. Deal visited the learning center to see its new community garden, which had previously been a swimming pool in the back of the facility. Center staff worked with several local businesses, non-profit organizations and parents to create the garden, which will be used to teach children about the importance of healthy eating.

“We are thrilled that the First Lady visited us and has made wellness and nutrition an important topic on her agenda,” said Wande Meadows, a center administrator, in a press release. “Healthy eating is important for preschoolers. Nutrition impacts multiple areas of a child‘s development and our teachers and staff want to take an active part to develop the whole child.”

In operation since 1994, the Little Ones Learning Center seeks to provide a stimulating early care and educational experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. The center was also part of the college’s Summer Leadership Institute program, a Zeist Foundation-funded collaboration among the College of Education & Human Development, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business to provide local child care center directors professional development sessions related to running a business.

Learn more about the Birth Through Five program