James Madison University

Students Develop Curriculum for  BEST FIT Program

PHOTO: StudentThis past summer first year School Psychology students developed curriculum for the developmental components of the BEST FIT program and presented them at a July training session for community caregivers.  BEST FIT is part of a grant initiative through the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development – Pilot Communities for Infant and Toddler Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development.  It is a federally funded program through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Students presented modules that included brain and early development in infants and toddlers and environmental issues that impact infant and toddler mental health. This innovative grant project was part of their summer practicum experience at the Child Development Center under the supervision of School Psychology faculty members Ginger Griffin and Dr. Debi Kipps-Vaughan.