C.I.R.C.L.E. Partners with Cardean University to Provide Vital Training to Early Childhood Education Instructors

HOUSTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education (C.I.R.C.L.E.) has partnered with Cardean University to provide advanced training to early childhood development professionals. Under the agreement, Cardean University will provide instruction to nearly 1000 Head Start, childcare and Title I Pre-K teachers on the latest methods and models for improving the readiness of pre-K students deemed as being "at risk." The initial pool of teachers will be culled from 25 communities across Texas, with the goal of expanding to a nationwide basis in the future.

Utilizing Cardean University's innovative online learning platform, teachers will have access to nine interactive courses highlighting the latest data, classroom models, best practices and assessment tools pertaining to early childhood education. Developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and dubbed e-CIRCLE, the online courses incorporate content based on years of research into ways to give at-risk students a solid foundation for learning prior to entering kindergarten.

"The opportunity to take our early childhood teacher training program and partner with a group as strong as Cardean University is an important next step for C.I.R.C.L.E," said Dr. Susan Landry, Division Chief of Developmental Pediatrics. "This partnership provides the opportunity to reach a broad and diverse audience, enabling us to enhance learning for a large number of teachers and young children."

"As a premier provider of courses and curriculum in early childhood education, we are pleased and proud to be a part of this highly-innovative program," said Cathleen Raffaeli, CEO of Cardean Learning Group. "This exciting partnership brings together two leaders in the field of education, enabling us to use our collective resources to help young children build the foundations they need to develop superlative learning skills that they can use throughout their lives."

C.I.R.C.L.E. develops early education models and initiatives serving poor and at-risk children. Among the organization's teaching-based initiatives, C.I.R.C.L.E offers an internet-based, nine-part series of professional development for teachers involved in early childhood education. C.I.R.C.L.E also is actively involved in numerous research initiatives, community programs and training activities related to the goal of promoting quality learning environments for young children.

Cardean University, a division of Cardean Learning Group, is a nationally accredited online university that offers over 60 different graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates and specializations. Utilizing "real-world" scenarios, Cardean offers instruction that enables working professionals to "learn-by-doing," enabling them to apply the strategies and skills that they acquire almost immediately. Cardean utilizes a unique, interactive learning platform that provides an animated, lively classroom experience and fosters an extensive online community among students, alumni and faculty. See the Cardean University website at http://www.cardean.edu .

Source: Cardean University; The Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education

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