Quincy University was one of five Illinois colleges awarded a grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).  The grants, funded by the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) initiative, are awarded in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD). The funds will support projects to strengthen and diversify the early childhood workforce pipeline. 

Julia Auch

“Thanks to this generous grant, we are able to establish a cohort of teachers in our region who are already in the field, and work alongside them, supporting them in their professional growth, while providing them with the necessary resources to ensure they are delivering high-quality learning experiences to the children and families they serve,” said Julia Auch, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and early childhood education coordinator. 

QU’s Competency Completion Cohort Project will include innovative features that meet the needs of adult learners already working in the field of Early Childhood Education via model components that promote access, opportunity and targeted support to attain one or more state-recognized credentials or a degree. A cohort of 30 infant/toddler/twos teachers and assistants will participate in the project, all currently employed within three, licensed child care programs in Adams County, Illinois, and who currently hold a Level 1 ECE Credential.

“We relied heavily on what we know about how adults learn since our cohort is made up of non-traditional learners,” said Auch.  “In addition to the course content being delivered in an online format, each childcare center will be assigned a coach to support the participants with one-on-one and small-group conversations via the Practice-Based Coaching Model utilized in Head Start programs nationwide.”  

At the conclusion in June 2021, participants will receive an ECE and Infant/Toddler Level 2 Gateways Credential, as well as 12 credit hours at QU towards an ECE degree. The grant will run through the 2020-21 academic year and was made possible by grant number 90TP0057-01. 

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