CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed Convenes Panel on Early Childhood Education

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(March 1, 2006) – California State University's Chancellor Charles B. Reed will host a meeting of the state's top educational leaders to discuss the preparation of teachers for early childhood and pre-school programs, on March 3 in Sacramento.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O' Connell, University of California President Robert Dynes and California Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor Steven Bruckman will join Chancellor Reed for the day.

"We will examine California's higher education capacity to respond to the growing demand for teacher preparation in early childcare and pre-school education," Chancellor Reed said. "I look forward to exploring opportunities to provide bachelor's and graduate degrees as well as teaching credentials in early childhood education."

Dr. Marcy Whitebook, will present a paper entitled Time to Revamp: Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Programs in California's Institutions of Higher Education. Dr. Karen Hill Scott will also speak about universal preschool and educator preparation.

Participants include faculty and deans of education, child development and teacher preparation programs of the California State University, University of California and California Community Colleges.

Other speakers include Kris Perry, executive director of Children and Families First Commission, Glen Thomas, executive director of California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and Gary Reichard, executive vice chancellor of the California State University system.

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