It is with great pleasure that I write to express my complete support of the nomination of Professor Gail Joseph for the David B. Thorud Leadership Award. Gail’s impact on the field of early childhood education is truly outstanding, within the University, in our region, and across the nation. Gail has deep knowledge and experience in early childhood education and served as the founding director of our College’s Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) undergraduate program. She also directs multiple research initiatives to make high-quality early learning more available to the most vulnerable students in Washington State and across the nation.
Partnering with the Washington State Department of Early Learning, Gail directs Cultivate Learning (formerly CQEL, the Childcare Quality Early Learning Center), a center focused on research and service supporting early learning initiatives across Washington. Gail and the Cultivating Learning team are key in implementing the state’s quality rating and improvement system–Early Achievers–developed by Gail and her team to assess and support the state’s early learning and care providers. [Read More...]