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Pilot Program to Connect Penn College Students to UNC Resources

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s early childhood education major was accepted to participate in a pilot program that offers to its students Web-based lessons in the inclusion of children with disabilities in early education programs.

The lessons come from CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge, at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CONNECT worked with the early childhood community to develop the series of lessons and resources, which respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children with disabilities and their families.

During the spring semester, students enrolled in the Young Children With Special Needs course will participate in a CONNECT module that focuses on the practice of embedding interventions to support high-quality inclusion.

“This is an outstanding resource that will include Web-based modules and activities and many other evidence-based resources, including actual video clips from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, a national leader in early care and education of all children,” said Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of education and early childhood education at Penn College. “This is exciting news for our program and our students.”

CONNECT is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Following the pilot program this spring, which is being conducted among two- and four-year early childhood education degree programs, the resources will be made available to all for education and professional development.

To learn more about the early childhood education major and other academic programs offered by the School of Integrated Studies at Penn College, call 570-327-4521 or visit online .

For general information about the college, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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