Child Enrichment Center Director Named to National Panel Creating Early Childhood Education State Standards

Child Enrichment Center Director Amy Blackman

“The professionalism of Ms. Blackman and her experience in the field are very much appreciated and valued by the committee.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 8, 2008 – Amy Blackman, director of the Southeast Missouri State University Child Enrichment Center has been selected to serve on a national advisory committee to create state standards for early childhood education.

The national advisory committee is charged with revising and updating standards and performance elements. Blackman will be assisting with the early childhood development and services content within the Human Services area. The committee will complete its work by March 1 and will share its revisions in June in Atlanta at the National Career Cluster meeting.

The program is supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Vocational and Adult Education and the State Director’s Association. The State Director’s Association has provided guidance for the development of 16 career clusters, which have been adopted either in full or part by almost every state. Data concerning career education students are reported to the U.S. Department of Vocational and Adult Education by career cluster.

“The professionalism of Ms. Blackman and her experience in the field are very much appreciated and valued by the committee,” said Dr. Cynthia Arendt, chair of the revision of the Human Services Cluster for the States’ Career Cluster project, in a letter to Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. “She brings a working knowledge to the project that helps validate content that students should know and be able to do as they enter their first job in their chosen career field.”