To The Daily Sun,
I am a Laconia High School alumna from 2009. I am a mother of three and my middle child goes to the Huot CDC Preschool. I know it has been around for over 20 years. My husband, who will be 25 on the 17th, was a student of the preschool when he was the ages of 3,4 and 5.
I have heard some concerning news that the development center may be closing due to budget cuts.
Let me start by saying the program is a great way for our community's future adults to learn about how children grow and develop. I feel eliminating the preschool would not be giving the high school students the hands-on experience needed to further their education in child development.
Our child currently goes to the preschool and loves everything about it. Let me tell you a little bit about our child, she has a condition called tactile defensiveness which means her senses are different from other people's. She doesn't like rough or sticky stuff, paint on her hands or feet, but loves soft things. She has a hard time brushing her teeth and hair because of the condition.
One day she had an appointment at the dentist and she wasn't doing very well, until she saw Mrs. Littlefield there, her eyes lit up and she was so happy. So Mrs. Littlefield took the time out of her day to sit with our daughter and hold her hand for an hour. Not only is Mrs. Littlefield a great teacher and friend but Mrs. Bownes is also patient, creative and loving. Mrs. Swormstedt is organized when it comes to her Monday morning grocery shopping and kind. Not only does that help her inside of school, but now outside of school as well. She knows her teachers will always be there to help her and comfort her if she ever needs it.
Taking away the child development program would be a mistake, it would take away hard-working teacher jobs, the students' enjoyment for educating children in the future, but most of all the children that currently go to the preschool would be robbed of a great education in a loving and caring place, which is hard to come by.
The future of the program is completely in your hands. I understand that. But before you shut it down, think of the children and the parents and the teachers you would be making life hard for. Let's try other solutions first before you close something that has helped not only our child make great friends and have amazing skills and kindness towards others but hundreds of kids maybe even more.
I'm not a rich person but I will do whatever it takes and try my hardest to make my kids' lives better for tomorrow. It all starts with risks and determination, so what do you say we pull together parents, police officers, firemen, locals and whoever else to help and try and save this program.
Schuyler & Brianna Clark-Patten
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