What does Ohio State mean to building a better life?
Krystle Holland, 25, endured the challenges of homelessness before she found the Childcare Workforce Development Program at the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Schoenbaum Family Center at Weinland Park. The invitation to train as an early childhood educator overwhelmed her with joy.
Working as interns while their children attend the A. Sophie Rogers Laboratory School at the center, the participants learn about child development, high-quality child care and education, and health and safety. After the program, they can provide childcare in their homes, seek jobs in the field, or pursue higher education.
The program was launched by a gift from Barbara and Al Siemer through the Siemer Family Foundation. “It helps kids get a good start in life, improves their literacy, and supports family stability,” said Siemer, a retired English teacher. “When I first heard about it, I could scarcely wait to tell my husband this wonderful idea.”
Holland said she now understands how children develop. “I find myself talking to my sister and people around me to add my insights about parenting,” she said.
Holland thanks Siemer for opening a door for her. “I’m thankful for the way she wants life to be for everyone. Despite how low a person can get, it gets greater later. It’s my later, and I’m greater.”