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Cemala awards Payne $60,000 for school readiness project – breaking news


Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

Breaking News

C. Chris Payne, Director, Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Chris Payne on receiving a $60,000 award from the Cemala Foundation for her project, “Bringing Out the Best.” Cemala funds efforts to enhance quality of life in the community and, ultimately, seeks to make Guilford County a desirable destination for families and businesses.

Dr. Payne’s “Bringing Out the Best” project will help daycare providers, daycare directors, and families support social and emotional development in young children. Research links this development with school readiness and success. Through this venture, Payne aims to improve outcomes for children in our community.

The program will build caregiver skills through in-home therapy, parenting workshops, health literacy services, and parent mentoring and advocacy. Project personnel will train 300 daycare providers in 40 centers on early childhood competencies and evidence-based practice; they will also provide support to center directors to create and sustain these skills. Personnel will screen and refer children to other services as needed. They will provide psychiatric consultation and on-site comprehensive intervention for 100 children, thereby impacting another 500, including immigrant and refugee families.  Finally, the program will coordinate efforts to establish a local infant court mental health team. Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships staff member Wanda Dodson-Hoff will serve as the program coordinator.