Highly-Trained & Highly-Educated
The experiences that young children have with knowledgeable, caring adults have a crucial impact on their development. Understanding the vital role of early education, the Hudgens Center's top priority is building a team of highly trained, nurturing educators.
The Hudgens Center follows the staffing patterns and requirements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The teachers and staff at the Center are chosen through a detailed interview process. Consideration is given to matching the teaching style of the adult to the needs of the children in each classroom.
Administrative and Teaching Staff Credentials
The director, the associate director, and the curriculum coordinator all have advanced post-graduate degrees. The Center strives to have all teachers in leadership positions with degrees in Early Childhood. (Some have bachelor degrees; others have associate degrees.) All have relevant experience working with children.
Teachers and staff participate in professional development throughout the year to stay current on the best practices of working with young children and to better understand the latest research on educating young children.
Collaborating with Gwinnett Technical College
The Hudgens Center serves as a lab school for the Early Childhood Program at Gwinnett Technical College. Throughout their program of study, Gwinnett Tech students are given assignments to observe. The assignment may be to observe aspects of child development or teaching strategies and techniques. If appropriate, students may present learning activities to the children under the supervision of the classroom lead teacher.
Some early childhood students may complete practicum and internships at the Hudgens Center. These experiences provide hands-on opportunities for students to develop and polish their teaching styles and bring additional adults into the classroom. This provides more opportunities for your child’s daily interactions with talented adults. All college students who spend time in the classrooms have had satisfactory criminal background checks and are always under the direct supervision of the classroom teachers.