Dominican's Goedert Center gets 'Gold Circle' award

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Dominican University's Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded the Gold Circle of Quality by ExceleRate Illinois, a quality recognition and improvement system by the state.

Amanda Cardin, director of the Goedert Center, which has 92 pre-kindergarten students, emphasized the importance of early childhood education in a telephone interview.

"Those of us in the field know it and have always known it, but we're trying to bring out an understanding to the public, the legislature and the press about how important early childhood programs can be, especially for children who might not be getting an educational component at home," she said.

A press release from the university noted that the Goedert Center, which accepts students from the community as well as faculty and staff, has been in operating at the university for over 25 years.

"The center is staffed by early childhood educators dedicated to ensuring that children between two and five years make a seamless transition to kindergarten," the Dominican news release stated. "Children at the center also benefit from interaction with students enrolled in the university's early childhood program and related education degree programs in the School of Education."

ExceleRate is administered through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies under Illinois' Office of Early Childhood Development.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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