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Early Childhood (0-3 yrs.)

Interprofessional Collaboration Between Oakwood Healthcare Center for Exceptional Families and University of Michigan–Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center

University of Michigan–Dearborn

Seong Hong, Director, Early Childhood Education Center; Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan–Dearborn; Samar Nassar, Director, Oakland/University of Michigan–Dearborn Research Partnership; Research Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan–Dearborn; Tammy Morris, Clinical Program Manager, Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families

This presentation focuses on a six year old partnership that supports clinical care, education, research, and service to the Southeastern Michigan community. Each partner's expertise contributes to this innovative model of service and education. The Oakwood Healthcare Center for Exceptional Families program supports and enhances comprehensive healthcare for children with disabilities and their families. The University of Michigan–Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center develops future educators to the fullest, with special attention to young children and those with special needs. This collaboration seeks to become a nationally recognized model for both healthcare service and education through evidence-based research.

Contact: Seong Hong, seong@umd.umich.edu, (313) 593-3613

Prepping Preschoolers for Success

Michigan State University

Holly Brophy-Herb, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University; Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost, University Outreach and Engagement; University Distinguished Professor, Psychology, Michigan State University; Hope Gerde, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University; Mildred A.Horodynski, Professor, Nursing, Michigan State University; Miles McNall, Associate Director, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, Michigan State University; Laurie Van Egeren, Director, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, Michigan State University

The Early Childhood Research Exchange works with over 50 preK programs throughout the state, including all Tribal Early Head Start/Head Start programs. Evidence from these university-community partnerships indicates that teacher professional development programs, curricular enhancements, and parent involvement can produce significant changes in children's cognitive, social, nutritional and emotion-regulation skills. Transferring skills to local early childhood professionals enables sustainability of evidence based program enhancements.

Contact: Holly Brophy-Herb, hbrophy@msu.edu