Jill Uhlenberg, coordinator, UNI Child Development Center, (319) 273-7671
Bridget Schultz, NCCCC Coordinator, (319) 273-3113
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jill Uhlenberg, coordinator of the University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center (CDC), was named 'director of the year' by the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC) at the group's annual conference, held last month in Charleston, S.C.
Uhlenberg was nominated by the staff of UNI's CDC because they felt her knowledge and passion for early childhood education was made evident through her professional experiences and education. According to Bridget Schultz, NCCCC Coordinator, Uhlenberg was chosen for the award because of her unwavering commitment to early childhood education.
The NCCCC is a nonprofit educational membership organization that supports research and activities affecting college and university early childhood education and service settings, family and work issues and the field of early childhood education in general.
Uhlenberg was a member of the NCCCC board of directors for 10 years and was president of the organization in 2001. She holds a doctorate in elementary and early childhood education from the University of Iowa, and M.A. degrees in both early childhood education and the education of the gifted, and a B.A. in elementary education, all from UNI. She has been director of the UNI CDC program for 15 years.
The UNI CDC, located in Price Laboratory School, is a nationally accredited childcare center that serves 87 children in full- and partial-day programs. The CDC emphasizes the development of language and social skills in culturally diverse classroom communities.
The CDC serves children of UNI students, faculty and staff. Children from six weeks to five years of age are eligible to be enrolled in the program; a waiting list is utilized to fill openings as they occur.
The Director of the Year award is presented annually and recognizes an outstanding director of a campus-based childcare program. The recipient of the award receives a plaque and free registration to the NCCCC annual conference. For more information, contact Uhlenberg at (319) 273-7671.