Meridian Community College-based Best Early Education Practices (BEEP) Project received the Mississippi Early Childhood Association’s Swimmy Award during a ceremony held at MEAC’s annual meeting in Jackson.
The Swimmy Award, named after the famous book by Leo Lionni, is presented to an individual or group who demonstrates outstanding teamwork, collaboration and cooperation for the benefit of young children.
BEEP is an early childhood education project that supports children, parents and early childhood educators to best prepare children for kindergarten success and advancement. Win Maxey-Shumate, instructor and coordinator for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Technology, leads the program.
The BEEP Project provides age and developmentally appropriate expectations and activities that promote the development of the whole child. The activities include all curricula areas and encourage the social, emotional, physical, language, math, pre-reading and independence skills that children need before entering a kindergarten classroom.
Members of the BEEP staff, including Pat Harvey, Mary Coleman, Michelle Hampton Thompson and Maxey-Shumate, were on hand to receive the Swimmy Award.