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Dedicated to early childhood education, Richards looks forward to growing ELC

The Grand Island Public Schools Early Learning Center welcomed Amy Richards as the new coordinator at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Richards is no stranger to the early childhood education world.

Before coming to GIPS, Richards was the Early Learning Connection Coordinator at Educational Service Unit 16. In that role, she coordinated professional learning for early childhood professionals. She also worked to build partnerships to promote effective and efficient systems that provide high quality early childhood experiences. Richards also had the opportunity to teach in both preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

Richards is very dedicated to early childhood education, which is part of why she came to GIPS.

“GIPS includes access to high-quality early childhood experiences in its strategic plan,” Richards said. “They are committed to providing high-quality early childhood experiences for all students by directly providing services and creating partnerships within the community so all children have access to meaningful early learning experiences and high-quality care.”

Now that she’s been here a few months, Richards said she’s very impressed with the GIPS staff.

“Our commitment to young children and passion for providing the best learning experiences shines through,” Richards said. “I am also looking forward to meeting and learning from families in our community. Family partnerships are critical to providing the best learning opportunities for young children.”

Richards said a main goal for her this year is to get to know the families and community ELC serves so she can help provide the best program to meet the different needs of families in Grand Island. She knows early childhood is of great importance for children, as they are in the development stage.

“High quality early childhood experiences have a positive impact not only on children's academic success but on their life-long social, emotional and physical health,” Richards said. “Throughout the past year, the Early Childhood Study Team has been meeting to find ways to continue to grow and improve our program to reach these goals. I am excited to implement the work of that team.”

Richards said she feels a great amount of support in her new role as an administrator.
“GIPS has given me opportunities to learn, improve my leadership skills and get to know the team,” Richards said. “Having the opportunity to work as an educational leader and focus on early childhood is a unique opportunity and a dream come true for me.”

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