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Owens Child Care Center Manager Awarded Head Start Fellowship

Your Success Starts Here Michelle Brown, Manager of the Child Care Centers at Owens Community College, has been awarded a National Head Start Fellowship.

The Head Start Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Council for Professional Recognition recently announced the selection of the sixth class of National Head Start Fellows.

Ten Fellowships were awarded on the basis of career accomplishments and potential for high levels of professional achievement in the field of early childhood education and family services.

Brown, a graduate of Bowling Green State University in 1992 with a degree in Child Development and Family Services, has worked at Owens Community College for five years.

The Fellowships begin in September and continue through August 2002. The Fellows serve as special assistants to senior administrators within DHHS or other federal agencies, and participate in educational symposia with nationally-known early childhood educators and professionals.

The program is part of a long-term quality improvement initiative to enhance the skills of Head Start, child development and family service workers.

"The importance of the Head Start Fellowships to the future of early childhood education can hardly be over-emphasized. We believe that the knowledge and experience which these leaders will carry into their careers will yield direct benefits to America's young children," said Dr. Carol Brunson Day, President/CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition.

The Child Care Center at Owens Community College recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This prestigious accreditation has been achieved by only 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide, according to the NAEYC.

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