Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University had several students and alumni volunteering at the Early Childhood Block Party at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Aug. 24. The event was organized by Connecticut's Office of Early Childhood Education, and was designed to provide both family-friendly activities and information and resources for parents.
Eastern Education Professor Sudha Swaminathan recruited students and alumni to staff an Eastern tent, where they engaged children and families in various early math and science activities. Volunteers included Swaminathan, Professor Ann Gruenberg, Jenny Wolff '13, Chamari Davis '14, Katie-Lynne Twarog '13, Stephanie Timek '13, Brittny Wieloch '13 and Patrick Donovan.
The event was also co-hosted by the Governor's Early Childhood Education Cabinet; The City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation; The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; and the Connecticut Department of Education, with additional support from many community providers and other organizations throughout the state.