On April 14, Roosevelt University's Early Childhood Program was informed that it has been selected as a recipient of an Early Childhood Educator Preparation Program Innovation Grant for a second consecutive year. The grant award is in the amount of $29,800 for the period April 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016. Under the leadership of Associate Dean Toni Potenza and Assistant Professor Jinah Kim, the Early Childhood Program will use the funds to redesign the teacher licensure program in early childhood education and create a new pathway for early childhood majors at the community college level to earn a BA degree in Educational Studies with a Level V employment credential from Gateways for Opportunity.
This grant is funded through federal monies from the Race to the Top — Early Learning
Challenge and is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois
Community College Board, the Illinois State Board of Education, The Center: Resources for
Teaching and Learning, and the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development, in
conjunction with the Illinois Early Learning Council’s subcommittee on Higher Education Learning and Professional Development.
For more information about this grant initiative, contact Dr. Antonia Potenza.