Thursday, May 28, 2015

Early Childhood Center Program Accepting Applications

Developing STEAM Competencies through Investigation and Construction
Children are natural explorers of their environment. They construct theories about the world that they live in. During this month-long summer camp, children will be introduced to many outdoor experiences to develop their Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematical (STEAM) reasoning through explorations of rich materials in their indoor and outdoor environment.
Children will work collaboratively to brainstorm theories about how things work as well as create, design, represent and test structures and devices. Children will have the opportunity to work as part of a team, share ideas and solve problems.
July 6-17, 2015 & July 20-31, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$400 for each two-week camp session

Ages 3-7

Open Enrollment for the 2015-2016 School Year
The Early Childhood Education Center is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year (September 9, 2015 through June 21, 2016). Our center has openings in the following programs:
Toddlers Ages 2 years to 2 years 5 months 
> Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Preschoolers Ages 2 years 5 months to 4 years
> Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
> Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
> Monday through Friday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Preschoolers Ages 3 years 6 months to 4 years 5 months
> Monday through Friday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Ages 4 years 6 months to 5 years
> Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
> Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
> Monday through Friday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Kindergarten Ages 5 years to 6 years
> Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Please note: The above are minimum scheduling options. You may add time to this schedule if available. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2015 to enroll in the kindergarten program.
To enroll, please call 313-593-5424 and ask for Lia or Brittany.

Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 GSRP Program

The Early Childhood Education Center is accepting applications for the Great Start Readiness Program grant (GSRP) for the 2015-2016 school year. The State of Michigan, through the Department of Education, provides funding for children to attend a high-quality preschool program. The grant enables children to attend the center for 32 weeks from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. To be eligible to apply, children must: 
  • be four years old on or before September 1, 2015 (birth dates between 09/02/10 and 09/01/11)
  • exhibit two or more risk factors
Please download the GSRP packet to review the risk factors, grant application and income requirements. Families that do not meet the low-income risk factor must be charged tuition based on a sliding fee scale. If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Debbie Jones at

Friday, May 22, 2015

CEHHS Faculty Member Dr. Susan Everett Promoted to Full Professor

Chancellor Little and the UM-Dearborn community commend Dr. Susan Everett, Chair of the Department of Education, within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services for her recent promotion to full professor. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellence!

To view Dr. Everett's faculty profile including her research interests, click here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CEHHS Children's Programs Couple Health and Education Disciplines to Improve the Lives of Children Outside of K-12

 The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers a variety of programs which will allow you to work with young children.

Child Life Specialist (B.A.)

Child life specialists are devoted to reducing the impact of stressful or traumatic life events that impair the development, health and quality of life of infants, children, youth and families.  These certified health and education professionals emphasize the importance of play as a critical factor in healing.The program experience includes course work, practicum and engagement with students and professional organizations.  Certification is coordinated through the Child Life Council
Career Opportunities
  • Positions in Hospitals
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Emergency Facilities
  • Private Practices
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Community Organizations
  • Governmental Healthcare Agencies

Children and Families (B.G.S.)

The Children and Families Program is a four-year degree program in early childhood program for those who wish to work with children ages birth to 5 years old. It is designed for community college graduates who want to further their education and pursue an undergraduate degree utilizing previous coursework.
The 2 + 2 Children and Families Program is designed to combine selected two-year community college associate degree programs with two years of advanced coursework at UM-Dearborn.
Career Opportunities
  • Positions in Childcare Centers
  • Teachers in Head Start Centers
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
  • Positions in Agencies that Serve Children

Community Health Education (B.A.)

The Community Health Education (CHE) major is a multidisciplinary program that includes biological, health studies, economics, psychological, sociology, and education to promote health and disease prevention by educating individuals and communities on behaviors and actions to improve health and well-being.
Career Opportunities
  • Community Health Educator
  • Health Education and Planning
  • Industrial Health Educator
  • Patient Educator
  • Public Health Education
  • Youth and Senior Citizen Health Programming and Education

Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

The Early Childhood Education with Elementary Certification Program is designed for those intending to work with children, birth through 5th grade. The program includes a concentrated study of the young child in infant/toddler, preschool and early school contexts with extensive opportunities for field experiences in a variety of settings. Within the basic elementary education curriculum, students meet state requirements for a Michigan Provisional Elementary Teacher’s Certificate (K-5 grades) and the Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS).
Career Opportunities
  • General childhood classrooms
  • Inclusive early childhood classrooms
  • Early childhood special education classrooms
  • Work sites that serve young children and families

CEHHS Alum Jacqueline Kennedy Receives Rookie Teacher of the Year Award

Jacqueline Kennedy, a CEHHS Early Childhood alum, was recently awarded the "District Elementary New Teacher of the Year". Kennedy, who teaches Pasadena, Texas Independent School District has been acknowledged for her outstanding service as a first year teacher.

“Ms. Kennedy’s positive spirit and energy are truly a gift that inspires many to improve and be the best educators they can be for our students,” Lindsey Lesniewski, Gardens Elementary Principal said. “The fire and passion she exhibits will recharge your excitement for teaching.”

Read the full article published by Pasadena Independent School District here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CEHHS Faculty Work Highlighted in Spring 2015 Issue of Legacy Magazine

In the Spring 2015 issue of Legacy Magazine, the work of CEHHS faculty members Chris Burke, Natalie Sampson, Julie Taylor, and Health Policy Studies Lecturer Lois Lamerato was highlighted. 

To view the full Legacy issue, click here.

Beyond the Scientific Method - pg. 5
"Nearly 25 UM-Dearborn students spent a recent Wednesday afternoon at Neinas working on science-related activities, along with social interactions, with grade schoolers....'Before our first visit, we discuss questions to incorporate into student conversations and ways to get the students interested in a project. We also write a reflection paper about the experience,' Burke said. 'This is to help prepare our students when they have a classroom of their own.' 'This is hands-on learning for both sides. Instead of telling the students what to expect, we do activities to formalize what we’ve talked about in class,' Burke said. 'When things are concrete, they
become real—not just a conversation.' "

Health Insurance: A Campus Dedicated to Revving up The Motor City - pg. 20

Health Policy Studies Lecturer Lois Lamerato (’85 A.B. ) has been conducting research in Detroit for nearly 30 years. The lead epidemiologist at Henry Ford Health System, she specializes in cancer research, but has also worked on dozens of studies in other areas.

"When she was a 20-year-old undergraduate, Health and Human Services Assistant Professor Natalie Sampson signed up for a community research project in Detroit.
Working with people who lived near the Ambassador Bridge, Sampson compiled research on how the international border affected their health."

Road Work - pg. 8
Julie Taylor, associate professor of social studies and multicultural education, works with Detroit high school students, encouraging them to tell their own stories through art.