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Fees, students present at world conference on early childhood education

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bronwyn Fees, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Human Ecology, and three students represented the United States and Kansas State University at the 67th World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) conference in Washington, D.C., recently.

The students were Teran Frick, May graduate in early childhood education; Haley Anderson, master's student in early childhood education; and Christina Quigley, master's student in political science.

Researchers from 42 countries, and representatives from the World Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF, attended the conference on "Early childhood pathways to sustainability."

Bronwyn Fees

Bronwyn Fees

Fees and Anderson presented on research in Tanzania, "Understanding the changing ecology of educating children with disabilities in the United republic of Tanzania," research co-authored by Marilyn Kaff, Gabriel Lierz, Nicole Wiseman, A. J. Bronson and Valerie Evans.

Teran Frick presented a poster entitled, "Using the socio-cultural historical perspective as the framework for culturally appropriate practices." Authors were Frick, Fees and Mary DeLuccie, associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Fees serves as membership chair of OMEP-USA and was a conference organizer. The K-State students also served as volunteers assisting participants.

OMEP was founded in 1946 by a small group of educators and others who were concerned for the welfare of young children following World War II.
OMEP-USA is one of more than 70 national committees or chapters. OMEP-USA members are diverse and represent early childhood and K-20 educators and administrators, health and social service workers, policy makers, lawyers, journalist, parents, activists and many other early childhood advocates.

This article was posted on Friday, August 14, 2015, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.