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K-State Today

August 17, 2015



Fees, students present at world early childhood education conference

By Jane P. Marshall

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

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."

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

Teran Frick presented the poster "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.

The World Organization for Early Childhood Education 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, policymakers, lawyers, journalist, parents, activists and many other early childhood advocates.