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Grant Will Enable U of M to Assist Shelby County Head Start Program, Teachers, and Students
For release: Aug. 16, 2006
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The College of Education at the University of Memphis has received a grant of $1.4 million over an 18-month period to provide educational services to 76 children and their families in the Shelby County Head Start program. The grant from Shelby County Head Start will also fund the U of M to provide professional development opportunities to Head Start teachers and other Head Start service providers.

The program will take place at two sites, one on the U of M campus and one off. The University of Memphis Head Start Center of Learning will establish a laboratory and teaching site for 20 children within the Lipman School at the University. A satellite location at True Light Baptist Church and the Heritage Place will serve 20 children in a classroom.

A home-based option will serve 36 children and their families, especially Latino children. Transportation and child care will be provided for those families during "socialization" days and for classroom field trips.

The joint effort will also see that eligible children receive speech, hearing, and language therapeutic services, mental health services, nutrition services, and health and safety services.

The children and their families will not be the only beneficiaries of this collaboration. Head Start teachers and service coordinators from all Shelby County Head Start sites will be offered professional development opportunities in the form of observations and interactions with teachers at the Centers of Learning and with other professional staff in order to increase positive teaching styles and to improve outcomes for students in classrooms.

The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 to educate future teachers, and the Early Childhood component of the College of Education is still one of the University's strongest components. Its faculty members are well known nationally and internationally for their scholarship and professional service. Two recent programs created within the College – the New Teacher Center and Ready Set Grow! – will influence aspects of the professional development opportunities.

The program, under the direction of Dr. Deb Moberly of the University's College of Education faculty, will start in September and October. For more information, call Dr. Moberly at 901-678-3517.

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