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Childcare Resources Higher Education Program Celebrates Graduation of Three Inspirational Early Educators

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Spring 2024 graduates Michelle Feliciano, Yenni Kristianson, and Randee Bok celebrate at the Higher Education Program’s luau-themed graduation party.

Childcare Resources’ (CCR) Higher Education Program recently held a luau-themed celebration in honor of three spring graduates. The program partners with accredited colleges and universities across Florida to offer credential and degree pathways to local early childhood educators.

“Michelle, Yenni, and Randee have worked hard and shown determination in the pursuit of lifelong learning,” says CCR Higher Education Program Degree Specialist Stephanie Harmody. “In the spring semester, that hard work culminated in the successful completion of a college degree.”

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Associate’s degree graduate Michelle Feliciano and family at Indian River State College’s graduation.

Michelle Feliciano, a teacher at Asbury UMC Academy, earned her Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Indian River State College. “Inquiry and observation are keys to learning,” says Debbie Kohuth, Dean of School of Education, Indian River State College. “Indian River State College congratulates and commends Michelle Feliciano on earning her degree.”

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Bachelor’s degree graduate Yenni Kristianson and Citrus Head Start’s Kristina Iiams.

Yenni Kristianson, a teacher with Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County Head Start, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida Gateway College. “Yenni was an amazing student,” says Dr. Sharron Cuthbertson, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Educator at Florida Gateway College. “She showed so much growth and shared her knowledge with fellow classmates.”

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School District of Indian River County Early Learning Principal Brooke Flood, Master’s degree graduate Randee Bok, and Jill Halliday.

Randee Bok, Prevention Intervention Specialist, Early Learning Programs of the School District of Indian River County, earned her Master of Education, Early Childhood Education Leadership, from the University of North Florida. “Throughout the program, Randee’s experience and thoughtful responses positively impacted her classmates’ learning,” says Dr. Katrina Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, University of North Florida.

In the 2023-2024 academic year, forty-nine local educators participated in the CCR Higher Education Program. Throughout the year, participants work one-on-one with program staff to navigate enrollment, registration, and coursework. The program also provides study hall, resources, and enrichment activities. Over seven academic years, the CCR Higher Education Program has supported a total of 241 credential, degree, and certificate completions.


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