Grant of the Month: Rosemarie Vardell, $135,000, culturally responsive early childhood education

The Sponsored Funding Report for January:

North Carolina A&T received 14 grants totaling $579,887 during the month.  The FY2011 total now stands at $36.5 million as of January 31 (January and February are typically the slowest months).

One highlight of the month’s funding was $135,000 from the North Carolina Division of Child Development to Rosemarie Vardell of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences.

The project: Developing a Framework for Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Curricula and Public Policies.

The issue: North Carolina has not yet achieved its goal of providing high quality, culturally responsive early childhood education for all children.  Children of color often receive limited benefit from being educated in environments that cannot provide the diversity of experiences that reflect their culture, family values, and learning styles.  There continues to be a disparity between the race, ethnicity and culture of the leadership in the field and the children served, limiting the representation of the needs and strengths of teachers and children of color.

Abstract: This project engages a diverse group of early childhood professionals in a Collaborative Learning Community process to identify a framework and guidelines for culturally responsive curricula, teaching practices, program assessment and related local and state early care and education policies.

The full list of grants received in January (xslx file):

RAMSES — 2011-01-31 monthly grants list edited

 

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