Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Saltillo trip provides insight into Mexican child care

KINGSVILLE - December 08, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

KINGSVILLE (December 8, 2006) — Whether a parent or not, most people have watched a small child asleep or at play. But do you ever wonder how childcare in America differs from childcare in Mexico? Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children and International Studies Program is offering that opportunity in the program, Saltillo: Investigation of Childhood in Mexico.

Beginning Saturday, March 10, participants have the opportunity to spend over two weeks in Saltillo, Mexico observing and learning about childcare in Mexico. Participants do not have to be enrolled at A&M-Kingsville, but those completing the trip will earn three credit hours in HSCI 4300, HSCI 5310 or continuing education.

Lisa Turcotte, director of the Center for Young Children, said those on the trip will visit childcare centers and public schools to observe early childhood and special education techniques. There also will be cultural side trips to enrich the participants’ understanding of the local traditions.

“Saltillo has a high education rate. Citizens are educated, and you can see that in the city,” Turcotte said.

As part of an exchange-type program, students from Saltillo will visit A&M-Kingsville for similar observation, Turcotte said.

The cost of the program is $645 per student. The fee includes round-trip transportation to and from Saltillo, lodging for 16 nights, several field trips and three credit hours. However, students are required to bring additional money for meals and other spending. Each are required to get their own passport and photo and student travel insurance. Additional funds needed are estimated at around $800.

Registration for the Saltillo trip is currently under way through Friday, Feb. 9, with a $100 deposit due at that time. Full and final payment is due Friday, Feb. 23. For more information, call 361-593-2219.

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