Parents Invited to Jan. 14 Open House for Early literary Program


Mercer County Community College invites Trenton parents to an Open House and complimentary luncheon at the James Kerney Campus on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. The event is for parents who want to learn more about the “Parent Education and Early Literary Project.”

The program’s goal is to strengthen young Trenton families and help parents gain new insights on parenting. The focus is on child development, the stages of growth, and positive parent-child interactions.

Made possible by a $210,000 grant from Children’s Futures, the program provides free workshops for parents and young children each Saturday. While parents attend workshops, their children are part of an enrichment program conducted by college students enrolled in an “Early Literacy Seminar.” Participating families will take home children’s books weekly to go along with workshop activities.

Fifteen families have participated since September at the North Ward Center on Princeton Avenue. According to parent Dorothy Louder of Trenton, “This program has helped me learn how to take care of my son. You understand them more – the way they think.”

For more information or to register for the Open House, call Program Coordinator Ellen Tully at 609-586-4800 x 6531, or e-mail


From left, instructor Tarshia Griffin during a Saturday literacy workshop with parent Dorothy Louder, Program Coordinator Ellen Tully and parent Erica Hardaway.


Student Maria Luisa Lee shows an alphabet board to Tre'van Hardaway.

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