WVU-P opens new early learning center - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

WVU-P opens new early learning center

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:16:53 GMT
     Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
    Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
  • Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:59:03 GMT
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...

Who says college is for adults? At one West Virginia institution, even the littlest learners are celebrated.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg on May 17 opened its new Center for Early Learning. The $1 million, 5,000-square-foot facility replaces the college's one-room children's center, currently located inside the main building on campus. The Center for Early Learning will focus on the arts, literacy, culture and technology to teach young children beyond what they would learn in a traditional environment.  

"This new center opens the door to many valuable, hands-on educational experiences for our early childhood students," said Marie Foster Gnage, president of WVU-P. "But it also provides extended learning opportunities for the children, which will ultimately have a positive impact on our community."

The Center for Early Learning will house the college's early learning program for children aged 13 months to 6 years, and also serve as a lab school for WVU-P's early childhood education program.

The center's larger capacity and additional rooms will allow caregivers to separate children by age group for different activities. It also will allow the center to begin accepting up to 45 students per semester, nearly triple the number of students the center currently accepts.

Childcare will be available to both WVU-P students and employees, as well as the public. However, students and college employees will have the first priority. WVU-P also is looking at hiring additional childcare workers, preferably with early childhood degrees, to meet the required adult-to-child ratio.

WVU-P officials project the center will officially be in operation by the fall semester.

In addition to the new center, the college also celebrated the opening of a donated outdoor pavilion that was constructed near the Center for Early Learning. Parkersburg resident Mike Miller built the $85,000 shelter complete with cabinets, whiteboards and other learning materials.

Gnage said the construction of the center required a shaded, outdoor learning space for children.

"To open the center, it was required that we provide a shaded area for the children in the outdoor space," Gnage said. "Mike's generous donation made this possible."

Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff and Goettel of Pittsburgh designed the center and funding was provided by a bond from the Community and Technical College System. Groundbreaking for the center took place in June 2011.