University of Vermont

CDCI and CESS Receive Early Education Grant

Students to Receive Support in Early Childhood Special Education

photos of Dr. Jennifer Hurley and Dr. Susan Ryan
Dr. Jennifer Hurley and Dr. Susan Ryan

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at UVM, and the College of Education and Social Services have been awarded a personnel preparation grant in the area of Early Intervention, from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. This grant will provide support to seniors in the UVM Undergraduate Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE). The program focuses on building the capacity of students to support the needs of refugee children with disabilities, as well as children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Jen Hurley and Dr. Susan Ryan are Co-Principal Investigators on the project. The project team includes CDCI personnel Brent Garrett, Evaluation Consultant, Rachel Cronin, Data Coordinator, Steve Renaud, Financial Assistant, and Jeanne Nauheimer, CDCI Assistant.

Nationally, a total of $9 Million in grants were awarded to 38 institutions of higher education to train educators to improve the services and results for children with disabilities.

“Our success in building a better America is measured in terms of helping all children reach their full potential," said  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants will support training for early learning providers and educators to make sure that infants, toddlers, children and young people with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and transition to living independent and fulfilling lives."

For more information contact Dr. Jennifer Hurley at