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Two U of M, Crookston Early Childhood Educators Named Early Childhood Champions
December 3, 2007

Contact: Connie Camrud, teaching specialist, Early Childhood, 218-281-8285 (ccamrud@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Pictured: (l to r) Gina Gunderson, Lea Oseth, UMC early childhood educators, and Colleen McRae, coordinator, Polk County Collaborative
Pictured: (l to r) Gina Gunderson, Lea Oseth, UMC early childhood educators, and Colleen McRae, coordinator, Polk County Collaborative
CROOKSTON, Minn. (December 3, 2007) – Two early childhood educators at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were presented with the Early Childhood Champion Awards by The Crookston Early Childhood Initiative in late November. Gina Gunderson and Lea Oseth were recognized for their outstanding leadership, support and services in early childhood education. Both individuals excel at supporting and nurturing young children.

“We are so proud of Gina and Lea being named Early Childhood Champions,” said Connie Camrud, early childhood specialist at the U of M, Crookston. It recognizes the hard work and dedication of our staff and demonstrates our commitment to the growth of the whole child in a positive, enthusiastic and stimulating environment.”
The Crookston Early Childhood Initiative is a collaboration of more than twenty community leaders, professionals and parents in partnership with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

The Initiative strives to support opportunities for young children and their families to love, learn and thrive. They value diversity, promoting developmentally appropriate care and education, supporting the social and emotional needs of young children, coordinating services and resources and encouraging active, quality community group and business participation.

Further information can be obtained through the Early Childhood Initiative's Web site at http://www.crookstonearlychildhood.org or bycontacting Gayle Nelson, facilitator, at gaylenelson@hotmail.com

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