Ten Eastern students, under the direction of Eastern's Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project, recently completed 582 early childhood literacy assessments at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center and Windham Public School's Early Childhood Center. The students worked with 236 local preschool children. The ten Eastern students who did the assessments are: Michelle Ayotte, a junior majoring in English and elementary education; Anna Caruso, a senior majoring in visual arts; Sara Dean, a sophomore majoring in sociology and early childhood education; Jessica Fontana, a junior majoring in psychology and early childhood education; Christina Frugale, a junior in majoring in psychology and Spanish; Ashlee James, a senior majoring in English and elementary education; Michele Longobardi, a junior majoring in psychology; Michelle Patenaude, a junior majoring in English and elementary education; Kass Scozzafava, a senior majoring in communication; and Ashley Mooney, a graduate student majoring in secondary education.
The students received professional-level training from Early Childhood Education Professors Maureen Ruby and Ann Anderberg in administrating standardized early childhood literacy assessment tools. The assessment service is providing critical information to Willimantic preschool teachers, as it enables teachers to plan instruction to best meet their children's learning needs, thereby better preparing them for kindergarten. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu/cece