Making the Most of Childhood Interactions (MMCI)

Since July 2nd, 2019 nine Infant/ Toddler Type III Childcare Lead Teachers began a twelve week face-to-face Making the Most of Childhood Interactions (MMCI) Program to develop awareness and enact growth in their classrooms.

Teachers were able to:

* Learn alongside their peers in small group-coaching sessions
* Watch and reflect on real classroom videos of other teachers
* Learn to identify and describe effective interactions in the classroom
* Build skills, insights, and strategies to apply CLASS concepts to teaching
* Receive CEUs toward professional certification

Research shows that CLASS (MMCI):

* Improves teacher scores in all CLASS domains
* Fosters a positive relationship between teachers and their coaches
* Helps teachers feel more connected to and supported by their colleagues
During the twelve weeks, participants were instructed by Amy Metoyer, City of Natchitoches Early Childhood Coordinator. “This group of ladies were a range of educators that were new to education and some working in Early Childhood for 30 plus years. All of the ladies displayed high levels of love and dedication to their careers, students, and professional development growth. Although I have taught many trainings, this particular course has allowed me to connect with teachers on a higher level with the motivation to go above and beyond in assisting them.”

According to participants this course has “opened our minds to even more meaningful moments in our classrooms and a deeper understanding of how State and local observers score our classroom interactions” stated Angel Scott. In addition “the past three months allowed opportunities to collaborate with peers/sisters in other child care centers. I had a lot of fun and learned so much. Thank you Mrs. Amy for such an amazing job on teaching us an giving the best advice you could possibly give no matter what we threw at you” said Courtney Ivy.

Every Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K classroom in Childcare, Headstart, and Public school receive site ratings based upon these interactions in their classroom. These scores can be viewed at by clicking the sites logo.

Want you child to be in any of these classrooms at a local Type III Childcare center? You can enroll students year round in all of their classrooms. Infants, 6 weeks – 15 month; Toddlers 15 months – 36 months; and Pre-k 3-5 year olds (additional before and after school care is available for students 6 – age 12). All ages offer academically age appropriate classroom instructions that will prepare them for their next developmental stage in life and preparation for Kindergarten.

For additional information about Type III Childcare sites or tuition payment assistance (Child Care Assistance- CCAP) please contact the City of Natchitoches, Early Childhood Education & Development at 318-238-7505 or 318-471-5240.

Pictured above on front row from left are Courtney Ivy & Taylor Gabell, Bright Beginnings, Inc.; Shelby Greer, Lil Rascals; and Sandi Smith, Tiny Tots Daycare Preschool. On back row are Aneesha Abdullah, A to Z 123 Preschool and Learning Center; Christina Hardy, Funtime Palace; Brittany Bedgood, Cobblestones Child Development Center, LLC; Angel Scott, Fay’s Daycare and Learning Center; and Samantha Gourdon, Cobblestones Child Development Center, LLC.

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