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The ECRC is a community of scholars dedicated to the study of contemporary issues that relate to young children, their families, their communities, and their education. Researchers at the ECRC embrace a range of innovative research methods to increase understanding about children's development and learning within diverse sociocultural contexts.

Research Highlight

Will you be joining for the 2023 NAEYC Annual Conference? This conference is designed for all early childhood professionals, including classroom teachers, center directors, administrators, and leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals. Two of our ECRC Team Members, Dr. Janey Andris and Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels, will be presenting at this year’s conference. Be sure to check out their work if you will be in Nashville this November 15-17!

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Dianna Zink (she/her/hers) is a trainer and curriculum specialist for Child Development Associate (CDA) degree trainings through the University of Louisville/Ohio Valley Education Consortium (OVEC) Partnership grant. She has developed 120 hours of curriculum and instructed Child Development Associate candidates in all areas of competency for certification through the National Association of Education of Young Children. Dianna provides support throughout the process, developing the professional portfolio, observing candidates as part of their final assessment and providing support for their final written exam. Dianna has worked multiple roles within early childhood, including the director of the Early Learning Campus and other early childhood centers, as well doing some consulting work as well. We are so fortunate to have Dianna leading our CDA students!

Community Feature

Early child educator Catherine Dircksen will be traveling to Italy this spring for a five-day learning experience in Reggio Emilia. She hopes to receive an immersive experience by experiencing the local community and culture firsthand. Catherine believes that multicultural education is critical to create and maintain a collective and inclusive classroom environment. The ECRC is proud to provide financial assistance to make this international study possible.

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