Early Childhood Educators Grant Celebration Brings North Carolina Speaker to UNK

Ann Carlson
coordinator, teacher education, 308.865.1622

Beyond Songs and Snacks: Resources and Strategies for Supporting the Unique Cultures of Children and Families is the topic of a presentation set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, in Room 131 of Copeland Hall at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Camille Catlett of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will give the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

Catlett’s presentation is being given as part of an Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Development Grant two-day workshop. Catlett is an investigator at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute where she directs two federally-funded early childhood projects.

In addition, Catlett has written numerous articles and chapters, as well as a 1997 monograph on early intervention personnel development. She also writes a column in Young Exceptional Children, a publication designed to connect practitioners with resources with which to improve services to young children with special needs and their families.

Catlett’s presentation is part of a two-day celebration for the Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Grant.

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The professional development grant project, which is facilitated by UNK, provides professional development opportunities for up to 150 Head Start and Early Head Start teachers and assistant teachers to complete their early childhood education degree.

“It’s a benefit to Head Starts in low-income areas of Nebraska,” said Dr. Dawn Mollenkopf. “The grant makes it possible for educators working in qualified Head Start classrooms, to go back to school and get their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.”

Catlett’s visit to UNK is made possible through a $1.7 million grant, which is for a two-year period. According to Dr. Mollenkopf, the grant will bring in a speaker next year as well.

Camille Catlett’s web site: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~scpp/