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Early Childhood Center Profile

Cap Tulsa - Union SchoolsWelcome to the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center. Its mission is simple: to enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning.

Union Public Schools has joined with Community Action Project-Tulsa County (CAPTC) to expand its early childhood program. This partnership provides both weekly home-based visitation services for families with infants and toddlers through the age of three; as well as full day educational services at Rosa Park Early Childhood Education Center for Union families with children who turn three by September 1.  Both educational programs require that you live in the Union School district and that you qualify via income for program entrance.

“To this day I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom." -- Rosa Parks

Accreditation

Union SchoolsNational Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation (NAEYC) of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.  NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs.

Today, more than 7,000 programs are NAEYC Accredited supporting greater readiness for and success in school. 

This rigourous process started two years ago with an enrollment request followed by an 18 page application form initiating a year long self assessment process.  Multiple staff and family surveys guided our progress as well as ongoing professional development opportunities supporting the development and continum of NAEYC’s 10 assessed standards including  Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Enviornments, and Leadership and Management. 

Program commendations were given to the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center in the areas of Relationships, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Families, Community Relationships and Leadership and Management.

Prekindergarten on the Range

Union SchoolsCheck out this article from American Prospect Magazine about early childhood education in Oklahoma features Union, Rosa Parks ECEC and our partner, the Community Action Project.    Download file

Home Base Visitation Services
(Early Head Start)

Early Head Start (EHS) offers free weekly 90-minute home visits by a certified teacher for children between the ages of birth to three, bimonthly parent and child group meetings, resources and referrals to community resources, developmental screenings, and an early partnership between home and school. 

Full Day Educational Services
(Head Start and State Pilot Project)

Union SchoolsHead Start  and the State Pilot Project offers a free year-round, full-day developmentally appropriate educational program for children who turn three by September 1, certified teachers in every classroom, referrals to community resources, developmental screenings, and free breakfast, lunch and snack.

Principal 

Alycia Pennington Alycia Pennington  received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education degree from Northeastern State University. She completed her Master of School Administration degree, also from NSU in 2008. She was named Principal of the Early Childhood Center in Spring 2016. Pennington has served as the Principal at Boevers Elementary for 5 years as well as an assistant principal for Rosa Parks and McAuliffe in previous years.  She also has served as a teacher at Andersen Elementary.
 
Pennington has been married for 21 years to Scott Pennington. He is the Principal of the 6th grade center. They have two boys, Cameron and Chapman. The family is busy with activities for the boys as well as serving at our church. She also enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.