Fifteen preschoolers from UCM’s Bryant Early Learning Center (BEL Center) were recognized during a school wide ceremony on Friday, June 24, 2011.
The graduating class included seven “BEL Babies”, children who have attended UCM’s Bryant Early Learning Center since they were infants, and have continued through pre-kindergarten. “We are grateful to have had you as part of the UCM-BEL Center family for 5 years, and you will always be in our hearts as we are in yours,” said the Center’s Director, JoAnn Higgs.
The hour long commencement began with the “Children’s Address,” where students individually thanked the teachers, staff, and volunteers at the Center for their hard work and dedication. Graduates recited poems, performed skits, and sang chants revolving around the theme of growing up. UCM Executive Director, Cynthia Hull, thanked the graduates and reminded everyone of just how special moments like these are. The ceremony concluded with students receiving diplomas and presenting flowers to their parents.
Located at 2709 Popkins Lane in Alexandria, the Bryant Early Learning Center provides safe, affordable, developmental childcare to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Open enrollment at the Center for the fall is now taking place.
UCM is a private, non-profit, community-based social service agency that assists low-income families and individuals in Northern Virginia. As a safety net in the community, UCM provides community members who have fallen on hard times with food, other emergency services and practical solutions to move from crisis to stability. People who come to UCM receive the help and hope they need to develop skills for long-term self-sufficiency. In the fiscal year July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010, UCM provided life changing assistance to more than 14,000 people from over 5,000 families.