State turns to MSU to help strengthen NJ early childhood ed

Montclair State University to the rescue. The state of New Jersey has asked MSU for its assistance in strengthening its initiative to provide high-quality early childhood education to three- and four-year-olds in state urban districts. MSU was asked to assist because of the strength of its early childhood curriculum.

Montclair State University President Dr. Susan A. Cole has been working with the office of Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to insure that the full resources of the University are brought to bear on this serious problem.

In a letter to Dr. Nicholas Michelli, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Gov. Whitman asked for help in locating graduating seniors, recent graduates and alumni "who have an interest in helping to shape the next generation of New Jersey's youth," Michelli said.

Michelli said that Montclair State is perfectly positioned to help the state in its efforts.

"We have a long history of excellence in early childhood education and a strong commitment to the state's urban districts," Michelli said. "We stand ready to do all we can to support the governor in this important initiative."

The New Jersey Department of Education and Human Services has prepared an informational leaflet indicating the urban district employment possibilities for those college and university graduates holding certificates in elementary and early childhood education. Salaries will range from $25,000-$30,000 and scholarship support for additional education is available.

A copy of the leaflet may be obtained by calling Marcia Adirim in the University's Center of Pedagogy at (973) 655-4262.

Interested individuals may also check the state's web site at www.wnjpin.state.nj.us (scroll down, select "jobs" under "job seeker" to find "wanted preschool teachers"). Additionally, individuals can fax or email their resumes to Unified Child Care Agencies throughout the region.