Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment


The Coleman Center has been awarded three (3) First Class Pre-K grants. These grants will allow us to support our surrounding communities by providing a quality pre-k early childhood education for their four-year-old children. Each classroom will have a certified early childhood education teacher and an auxiliary teacher. The grant will also fund all needs within the classroom to include curriculum, instructional materials, professional development, furniture, etc. We look forward to establishing a very strong partnership with Alabama State Department of Early Childhood Education and the Office of School Readiness due to their supporting us with these grants.

To obtain information and register:

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Coleman Center taking sign-ups for Fall open

Troy University’s Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment is taking applications from parents in preparation of an expected August opening.

The early learning center, which will serve children ages six weeks to 4 years old, will be housed in Coleman Hall, a new 14,000-square-foot facility currently under construction at the Dothan Campus.

Once open, the center will remain open year-round from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We want to focus on the whole child,” said Nancy Mitta, Director of the Coleman Center. “This is an innovative, quality learning program for children through the use of research-based curriculum. We also have a strong focus on families, providing enrichment activities that will engage them.”


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TROY officially dedicates Coleman Hall in Dothan

Troy University officially dedicated the newest facility at its Dothan Campus, Coleman Hall. The 14,000-square-foot facility houses the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment, an early learning center that will provide care and learning to children from newborns through 4-year-olds.

The building and the center are named in honor of James F. Coleman, the longtime chairman of Coleman Worldwide Moving, whose family’s $1 million initial donation helped make the project possible. Read more.



Meet the Director

headshot of Nancy Mitta

Troy University is pleased to introduce Nancy Mitta as director of the newly created James Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at its Dothan campus.

“I am honored to join the Troy University team to help develop this innovative early learning facility,” Mitta said.  “Through the support of Mr. (Jeff) Coleman, community stakeholders and Troy University, early childhood education and the Wiregrass will be positively impacted through the quality services and experiences we will provide.” 

Mitta brings more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education to the position. She has served as director of the Child Development Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) for the last 26 years. She joined the SAMC team in 1992 to assist in establishing the hospital’s child development center. Before coming to Dothan, Mitta worked at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Child Development Center in her native South Carolina. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher in the South Carolina Public School System.   

“As I move on to a new and exciting chapter in my life, I will cherish the memories and relish the friendships I have made over the years at SAMC,” Mitta said. “I have been blessed to work with a professional team of employees at SAMC who love educating children.”

Mitta has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. She earned her Master’s degree from Troy University in Counseling and Human Development.

She and her husband, Ken, have three children. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time at the beach, watching college sports and playing with her dogs.


Contact Information 

Nancy MittaNancy Mitta
Director, Coleman Center
Troy University Dothan Campus
Office: 334-983-6556, ext.352
Fax: 334-556-1053




Pam Wimbish, M.Ed.Pam Wimbish, M.Ed.
Coleman Center Associate Director of Administration
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Project Co-Director
Lecturer/edTPA Dothan Campus Coordinator
College of Education - Department of Teacher Education
Troy University Dothan Campus
Office: 334-983-6556, ext. 21234




Tonya Conner, Ed.D.Tonya Conner, Ed.D.
Coleman Center Associate Director of Research & Grants
W.K. Kellogg Project Co-Director
Assistant Chair/Assessment Coordinator
College of Education - Leadership Development & Professional Studies Dept.
International Programs Liaison - College of Education
Troy University Dothan Campus
Office: 334-983-6556, ext. 21350


Cynthia Hicks, Ph.D.Cynthia Hicks, Ph.D.
Coleman Center Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Project Co-Director
Associate Professor/Associate Chair/Reading Education
College of Education - Department of Teacher Education
Troy University Dothan Campus
Office: 334-983-6556, ext. 21309