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Children in CGTC’s Child Development Center Respond to an “Emergency”

Macon, Ga. – Last week, children in Central Georgia Technical College’s (CGTC) Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) learned what it takes to respond to an emergency from students enrolled in the Paramedic Tech (PT) program, providing an authentic learning experience into what their profession and studies entail.

During the visit, a man was rolled onto a stretcher where the kids were tasked with making sure he was okay, first cuffing his arm for a blood pressure reading, checking his lungs with a stethoscope and finally, applying bandages to cuts and scrapes.

 “We actively pursue these outreach interactions by reaching out to employees at CGTC,” said Erin Frazier, the Center's coordinator on the Macon campus. “Our hope is to continue to plan for more instructors and students to come meet our students and teach them about what they do, and why they attend CGTC.”

The ECLC is located on the Macon campus and has a unique position in serving as both a community option for childcare and a mainstay of early childhood education learning and practice. Frazier said the Center is proud of these interactions and what it means to the children. 

Later this spring, Nursing program students will make their way to the Center just as Criminal Justice and EMT in the past.

In what are called “reflections”, the staff debrief the children on what they gained from their experiences and sends the information out to parents so they know what their children are learning.

About their time with the PT students, the children said they liked seeing a person put on the stretcher, using a stethoscope, checking for blood pressure, and surprisingly, putting a Band-Aid on.

About the Early Childhood Learning Center

The Center is a three-star Quality Rated Center that is licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The purpose of Georgia’s Pre-K Program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. 

Staffed by educators who have early childhood degrees and experience providing care and education, the Center meets childcare needs of the community and teaches college students enrolled in the Early Childhood Care and Education program. The students participate in the Center by observing, documenting, assessing children’s development and by facilitating educational experiences by their instructor.

CGTC’s child development center offers care for children ages 3-12 in addition to Georgia Lottery-funded Pre-k programs.

For more information, please call (478)-757-3492.

Paramedic Tech students show children in the Early Childhood Learning Center how to treat a patient in an emergency situation.

Submitted by JoBen Rivera-Thompson
March 28, 2017


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