The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) was founded in 1966 by a small group of scientists and nearly a half-century later their research, evaluation, technical assistance, outreach and service have shaped how the nation cares for and educates young children.
Dr. West is a principal investigator for Supporting Change and Reform in Pre-Service Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC), a project partnering with NC community college faculty to enhance their program of studies in order to better prepare early childhood professionals to work with children with disabilities as well as those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Dr. Lim, is the co-chair for the International Initiative strategic planning group at FPG. Her research and professional interests are focused on teacher education and professional development. She also serves as Project Coordinator for CONNECT, a national project developing web-based evidence-based practice focused professional development modules. Prior to joining FPG, Dr. Lim worked in Singapore as a preschool officer with the Ministry of Education, where she worked closely with early childhood teachers and faculty to develop and pilot test the national curriculum for early childhood education.
Christie Honeycutt, Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Public Services at Stanly Community College, explained, “Our instructors have been participating in SCRIPT-NC’s webinars for some time now, and we’re collaborating with Drs. Lim and West on updating key courses to incorporate research-based practices.”
SCRIPT-NC focuses on support for community college faculty and professional development through the dissemination of resources, webinars, and other professional development opportunities partnering with select NC community colleges to enhance coursework and practical experiences in early childhood programs by incorporating evidence-based and competency-based practices that support the inclusion of children that are culturally, ethnically, and ability diverse.
“Not only are our faculty involved, but we have community partners involved, too,” noted Ms. Honeycutt. “Our partners include representatives from local Smart Starts, local child care center owners and directors, Pre-K coordinators from Stanly County Schools, Head Start Director, Developmental Day Director, representatives from Thompson Child and Family Focus, CDSA Coordinator from Stanly County, Supervisor for Stanly County from the DCDEE, a local Occupational Therapist, and the Core CCR&R Coordinator from Region 6,” she added.
For additional information about the SCRIPT-NC partnership with Stanly Community College Early Childhood Department, please contact Christie Honeycutt at (704) 991-0295 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured left to right: Christie Honeycutt, Associate Dean of Health Sciences and Public Services at SCC; Chih-Ing Lim, PhD, and Tracey West, PhD, both doctors are Investigators at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-CH. Together, their research and professional interests focus on the areas of inclusion, early childhood, and professional development.