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Our mission at Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center is to provide a free, appropriate public education for children who are developmentally challenged and their typically developing peers - ages 3-4. We honor the cultural diversity of all children, families and staff as we provide a safe, accessible environment. Families are empowered through their participation in a transdisciplinary team process to meet the diverse needs of their children. Our goal is to have each child develop pre-academic skills that will result in Kindergarten readiness.
We believe that all of our children can “Learn, Blossom, and Grow.”
Our school building was built and was originally named Powder Mill Elementary. As an early development center, we were renamed Holly Park at Powder Mill Elementary. Frances R. Fuchs was employed in 1957 as an Assistant Supervisor of Education. In 1965, she became the Supervisor of Special Education. She held this position until her retirement in 1977 at the age of 70.
Frances Fuchs, along with C.Elizabeth Reig, was instrumental in establishing the type and focus of special education programs in this county. She was involved in the late 1950's in the initiation of a program known today as an early childhood center. Frances Fuchs was also involved in training special education teachers through Catholic University.
Her credentials included:
Bachelor of Science, Mt.Holyoke College, 1927
Masters of Education, University of Maryland, 1958
Law Degree, New York University
Our school was rededicated in March of 1984 and renamed for Frances R. Fuchs, a pioneer in Special Education in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) established an annual award for the special education professional who has contributed significantly towards the education of exceptional children.