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Grace to lead national childhood policy effort

Cathy Grace recently was chosen by the non-profit Children’s Defense Fund to assume a yearlong post as the liaison between the Washington, D.C.-based organization and members of Congress, government policy makers and members of other advocacy groups.  A professor in the College of Education, she will be working to promote the inclusion of critical educational principles in various pieces of legislation, among other duties.

She is the founding director of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State is being tapped to direct the early childhood development policy program of a national advocacy organization.

Grace, a University of Mississippi doctoral graduate, is a veteran educator with more than 35 years of experience.  She earlier worked as a classroom teacher, directed a university-based early care and education program, served as the early childhood coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education, directed a regional early childhood professional development organization and founded a local family support and preservation program, among other achievements.

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