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Center Presents Initial Research Findings at Federal Conference

The Center for Early Childhood Education's Early Reading First  (ERF) management team attended the federal ERF grantee conference in Seattle, Washington on March 23 - 26.  The conference was required for first year ERF grant recipients. Representing the CPEL project were co-principal investigators Dr. Ann Anderberg and Dr. Maureen Ruby of the Education Department, project manager Bill Black, and Center for Early Childhood Education director Julia DeLapp. The team presented the project's initial research findings in a conference poster session.


Conference speakers included nationally recognized early childhood literacy researchers who spoke about current research, the individual and social impact of early literacy skills, and the new federal administration's increased emphasis on and funding for early literacy programs.


Eastern received a $3.9 million ERF grant in August 2008 to fund its 3-year Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project. Early Reading First grants support efforts at the local level to improve the early literacy skills of preschool children in communities with high numbers of low-income families.


The CPEL project involves Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center and Windham Public School's Early Childhood Center. The project provides professional development and coaching to 33 early childhood teachers and paraprofessionals, conducts literacy assessments on 241 children, and supplies books and other teaching materials to 13 classrooms. In addition, the project has engaged 12 Eastern graduate and undergraduate students from the education, psychology, art, and communication departments as assessors, classroom substitutes, and videographers. The project is also utilizing Eastern students with bi-lingual skills to assess children who are English Language Learners.

For more information about CPEL, visit www.easternct.edu/cece/CPELMain.html.