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The robust Continued Early Childhood Education course library is developed and overseen by an experienced team of early childhood education specialists and industry professionals.
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The instructors and guest editors who present our ECE courses are skilled experts in topics such as child development, child care training, and professional development for early childhood providers.
Marina Calarco MS, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 16 years. She has a bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She has spent her career in school districts both private and public, early intervention and private pediatric clinics. She has a daughter, and her hobbies include reading and knitting.
Michelle Lombardo is the author of The OrganWise Guys series, which promotes the benefits of good nutrition and preventive healthcare practices through creative characters playing the roles of the vital body organs. She has written over 40 books and was Creative Director on multiple OrganWise Guys Videos and other media. She also conducts dozens of “train the trainer” sessions on these materials each year nationwide. Michelle is President of The OrganWise Guys Inc. and Project Manager of Thriving Communities, Thriving Children II (TCTC2); a $1.1 million grant awarded to continue obesity prevention efforts with an added emphasis on literacy rate improvement.
Amber Tankersley is a professor in child development within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary/early childhood education, a master's degree in elementary education, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction. She has worked in the field of early childhood for over 25 years as a preschool teacher, university child care center director, university instructor/professor and director of a NAEYC accredited preschool lab. She often presents at workshops/conferences on the topic of early childhood curriculum and the importance of play. She teaches courses such as early childhood curriculum, interacting with children, and parent/professional relationships.
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