The University of Alabama’s Child Development Resources invited parents and children to its fourth annual lullaby concert on Thursday, February 8. The star of this year’s show, Shawn Brown, performed children’s songs in an interactive and educational style. The well-attended free community event provided opportunities for parents and their young children to experience music in a fun, family-focused way.
April 6, 2017- Dr. Carroll Tingle received an award from Jefferson State Community College for her tireless efforts to improve collaboration between two and four year colleges to provide quality, easy-to-navigate online programs for child development students to advance from CDA to AA to BA degrees (and beyond!) so that they are able to work in First Class Pre-K classrooms and other well-compensated early childhood jobs.
Dr. Tingle has served as the department chair of Human Development and Family Studies since 2007 and has been a pioneer in the delivery of classes via telecommunications technology as well as a strong advocate for students completing their early childhood education degree in obtaining state teacher certification.
Congratulations Dr. Tingle!
As a result of a two-year exchange program agreement with Shanghai Normal University, Tianhua College, CHES' Department of Human Development and Family Studies trains educators from China in early childhood development and research. The department has hosted a summer institute for 25 teachers and administrators from Shanghai, and our faculty have mentored teachers during the academic year for the last four semesters. Faculty serving as mentors are: Sherwood Burns-Nader, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Cecile Komara, Mary Liz Curtner-Smith and April Kendrick.
In March of 2017, our college entered an additional phase of the relationship with HDFS faculty traveling to China to present classes in early childhood development, research in the discipline, early childhood curricula, program administration and evaluation. April Kendrick will be in Shanghai beginning March 8th to meet with students, teachers and administrators and present a number of topics related to early childhood education. In May/June 2017, Cecile Komara and Mary Liz Curtner-Smith will travel to Shanghai for additional training of Tianhua faculty. This relationship has been valuable to both institutions, providing opportunities for cultural enhancement, international friendships and research collaboration.