ECU to use grant to help pre-K teachers in region

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina University is getting a grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to provide mentoring and evaluation to pre-kindergarten teachers in 46 counties in the region.

The school was selected to receive $1.3 million.

Barbara Brehm, coordinator of ECU's birth to kindergarten undergraduate program in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations, will oversee the Early Educator Support, Leadership and Professional Development project.

Licensed teachers at more than 500 schools in eastern North Carolina have had to rely on state agencies for mandated Pre-K mentoring and evaluation, which led to an extensive waitlist from a lack of resources.

Independent consultants will be hired, contracted, trained, supported and monitored out of ECU. They will each be assigned a caseload of schools to mentor and evaluate.

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