Early Childhood Graduates Named

May 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience, Tribal College News

The College of the Menominee Nation (CMN) in Keshena, WI, in collaboration with the Menominee Tribal Daycare program graduated the first 15 students in September 2002 from their Infant-Toddler Professional Credential program. This specialized training program provides instruction and support to the growing number of people who work with children from birth to three years of age and who want to provide quality childcare. CMN is one of 16 tribal colleges partnering with the American Indian Programs branch of the federal Head Start program to offer early childhood education programs.

Upon completion of the program, students apply to The Registry for the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Infant and Toddler Caregivers. This program is recognized as a model in the nation. The students use portfolios to obtain their certificates, a requirement that also showcases the students’ professional development.

Since the inception of the tribal Head Start programs nationwide several years ago, graduates have benefited from courses that focus on care and education of the preschool child, health and safety, parent education, and issues like public advocacy and community policy. Students are required to demonstrate their preparation in the settings of mentorships, field experience, and other real-world contexts.

Renee O’Kimosh, Head Start Partnership coordinator for CMN, said she looks forward to graduating another 10 students by the end of 2003. Many of the candidates are also completing associate degrees in Early Childhood Education. Her program has offered the credential for over three years and serves several surrounding communities. Those completing the credential in 2002 included Deana Brodhagen, Nanette Corn, Samantha Corn, Jill Engel, Jill Ermatinger, Stacey Hoeft, Cathleen Moesch, Carol Redkettle, Susann Schoen, Kathy Soman, Amanda Stoddart, Barb Warrington, Tonia Warrington, and Robin Waukau.

For more information on the Credential, call Renee O’Kimosh at (715) 799-5600 ext. 3075 or 1 (800) 567-2344.

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