After a nationwide search, Dean Marvin Lynn has announced a new head for PSU’s Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). Mary Schumacher-Hoerner will succeed retiring director Ellie Justice at the early childhood center and laboratory school beginning this fall.
Schumacher-Hoerner was most recently an associate professor of early childhood education and director of the Child and Family Development Center at San Juan College (SJC) in New Mexico. She has supervised the operation of the Child and Family Development Center at SJC for the past six years. One of her accomplishments there was leading the effort to achieve a five-star childcare rating for the program through the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. She achieved and maintained national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). HGCDC also holds a five-star rating and accreditation from NAEYC, and operates as a lab school.
PSU has acquired four Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) grants that provide federal funding to help reduce childcare costs for student parents. Schumacher- Hoerner has also led a CCAMPIS grant program on her campus, making an easy transition for collaborating on the grant-funded research project. Schumacher-Hoerner reminds us, “We know that when you are a student parent you are more likely to feel success when your children are in a high-quality center.”
Schumacher-Hoerner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, an MA from the University of New Mexico, and has done doctoral work in curriculum and instruction at SJC.
“We are quite fortunate that Mary will be able to continue the longstanding tradition of excellence in early childhood education at PSU,” said Dean Lynn.
Portland State University’s Helen Gordon Child Development Center serves 200 children ages four months to five years. The center provides high-quality on-campus early childhood education and serves as an academic resource for university faculty and students in the field.