Recent staff accomplishments

Margarita Milenova
Margarita Milenova

In April, Program Quality Specialist Margarita Milenova, PhD, celebrated 10 years and Research Associate Alyssa Meuwissen, PhD, celebrated five years working at CEED.

Training Specialist Melissa Donovan became an approved course writer through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). She wrote and submitted her first early childhood training course on self-care for child care providers in April.

Meuwissen completed data collection on a study of reflective professional development for child welfare workers. Funded by the Sauer Foundation, this project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a reflective consultation-plus-training model. Meuwissen presented the project model as well as her research findings at the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health-Minnesota Social Services Association conference in May. 

In June, CEED Director Ann Bailey, PhD, presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professionals Learning Institute in Portland, Oregon, along with colleagues Amy Dorman, MPP, from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, and ICD graduate student Frederique Corcoran. The title of their presentation was “Access to Early Childhood Programming for Children in Foster Care.” 

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) awarded a contract to conduct Pre-K CLASS™ observations for programs participating in Parent Aware (Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System) to CEED. CEED’s Early Childhood Program Quality Team has been conducting these observations for the past 16 years. DHS also renewed their contract with CEED to implement the Trainer and RBPD Specialist Support (TARSS) program which  provides professional development for early childhood trainers and coaches.

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