The Simms/Mann Institute Faculty Fellowship recognizes faculty in the field of 0-3 early childhood education whose professional experience, leadership ability, and interest in exploring and integrating research related to early childhood development will make significant contributions to the field and the broader community.
In California, the California Community Colleges and The California State University (CSU) educate the vast majority of the state’s early childhood professionals. With research indicating that two out of three American children under 5 receive some form of nonparental childcare—and that most often, this care begins within the first year of life—the vital need for a highly trained early care and education workforce has never been more clear. To meet the needs of 21st century families and workplaces, it is critical that students graduate ready to provide the highest quality care to children ages 0-3.
The Simms/Mann Institute Faculty Fellowship is designed specifically for California Community College and CSU faculty in the fields of child development, early childhood education, psychology, and related areas of nursing. The unique, yearlong Fellowship provides a select group of faculty access to:
- World renowned researchers who present cutting-edge findings at the annual Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank;
- A collaborative, interdisciplinary cohort of faculty interested in furthering their knowledge; and
- Support in creating and completing a project related to new research in the early childhood field, to be used for classroom and community presentation.
As a result of this Fellowship, faculty who are chosen through a rigorous selection process are able to immediately incorporate leading-edge research into their classrooms, invigorate their teaching, and stimulate student interest in learning. As our faculty become leaders in their field, they equip students with the knowledge and experience to become leaders in the workforce.