Helen Gordon Child Development Center receives 5-Star rating

HGCDC Trainer and childThe GSE is proud to announce that our Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC) has achieved a 5-Star rating from Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). This is the highest rating achievable in the new system that was initiated in Oregon as part of a nationwide movement.

HGCDC participated in the program that is designed to raise the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs. Experts in the field of early childhood care and education evaluated materials using research-based standards that address children’s learning and development, health and safety, personnel qualifications, family partnerships, and administration. Continue reading

Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters

MaryAnnAnderson_Photo_072914Mary Ann Anderson (BS ’73, MS ’75) has a lifelong passion for early childhood education and believes that it is the key to a community’s future.

According to Ms. Anderson, a substantial and compelling body of research agrees that early education programs have positive long-term effects on children’s school performance, educational attainment, and adult earnings. In other words, she believes that early childhood education is an investment in our future economic growth, which more than offsets its cost. She says, “The majority of neurons are developed between birth and age three, when the brain’s peak capacity retains new information. Eighty-five percent of who you are—your intellect, your personality, your social skills, is developed by age five. If we can provide quality education for young children before the age of five, the long-term positive results are simply overwhelming.” Continue reading

Salmon introduced to the menu at Helen Gordon Child Development Center

Helen Gordon fishThe salmon are running at Helen Gordon Child Development Center. Students in the Starfish classroom are learning about Oregon’s state fish through a project called Harvest for Healthy Kids. The project, led by parent, Betty Izumi, teachers Rachel Sticka and Mayumi Finley, and cook, Deb Sensenbach, involved two days of salmon-related learning activities. “We have been working on this idea for a while now so it is exciting to see it come to fruition,” says Dr. Izumi. Continue reading

$1.5 million federal grant approved for on-campus child care

Toddlers on campusEarly childhood professor, Will Parnell, and Helen Gordon Child Development Center Director Ellie Justice, announced the awarding of a $1.5 million federal grant to support the 2014-18 Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) program. This grant offers low-income student families subsidies to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). The new four-year award prioritizes support for Pell-grant eligible and military-connected families; it will cover up to 50 percent of child care tuition.

The grant also funds HGCDC teaching positions, classroom and program enhancements, and graduate assistantships to formally connect the early childhood master’s program and early childhood research activities with classroom practices. Continue reading