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Faculty receives grant for child development program

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dr. Joanna Cemore Brigden, associate professor of childhood education and family studies, received a renewed grant of $11,087 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the “Child Care Enhancement of Infants, Toddlers and Twos” program at the Missouri State University Child Development Center (CDC).

The purpose of the program is to provide the best possible care to infants and young children, using the most innovative and developmentally appropriate practices available. According to Bridgen, the needs of each child are so diverse that they benefit from a wide variety of learning materials and experiences.

“High quality infant and toddler care is difficult to find in communities across this country,” said Brigden. “The program at the CDC has a long waiting list, highlighting the need for high quality care in this area. Grants like this one are essential in keeping up to date and keeping materials safe and plentiful.”

The grant will provide training opportunities for teachers of infants and toddlers, as well as new resources for aiding in the development of motor, sensory and play skills of children in the program.

For more information, contact Bridgen at (417) 836-8403.


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