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County center aids centers in childhood literacy Providing services to support child care providers is the non profit organization The Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc. in Largo. One of the services provided by the center is the Early Reading First program that aids providers in childhood literacy. Department of Education. The center will receive $1.6 million over a three year period as a part of the Early Reading First Initiative implemented by President Bush. The resource center has also collaborated with the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Prince George's County Public Schools as part of the strategy to transform local day care centers into "centers of excellence." "We were looking for directors [of day care centers] that were excited about what we were doing. We get great support from [the day care directors]," said Jennifer Hoffman, manager of the project. The three centers chosen to take part in this new project are The Children's Place Day Care Center and Park View Child Development Center, both in Landover, and Rising Generations Early Learning Center in Capitol Heights. "[This program] has made a tremendous difference. The kids are able to learn while having fun. Behavior problems have slowed down a lot and the teachers are excited," said Deborah Williams, director of The Children's Place. The children are all in pre kindergarten and range in age from 3 to 4 years. Training is provided to the current staff of the facilities and topics covered range from First Aid, communicating with the parents of the children, and activities for children with special needs. The training classes equal to 45 hours a year. "I help to mentor and coach the teachers at the centers. I also conduct the training and identify the need for training. I also instruct them on the curriculum we use which is The Letter People and The Creative Curriculum," said Nicole Bell, resource instructor for the project from Upper Marlboro. The most popular form of curriculum is "The Letter People". Twenty six inflatable "huggables" with one letter of the alphabet on their chest that come with various activities the teachers can exhibit to their class. Each "person" has a characteristic that helps the child to remember the sound the letter makes. "The kids love the Letter People. Since we've been in the program, the kids have loved it," said Schywanna Butler, teacher at The Children's Place. Each center is equipped with literacy bags that contain a book and props that may appear in the story. "They can check them out and take them home to their families. Then they can bring them back and take another bag. Each bag has a book and activities for the book," Hoffman explained. "Ultimately it's all about the children. We want to get them excited about reading before they learn how to read. We want to [improve] their oral language skills and encourage them to ask questions," Hoffman added.