In the News: Stroble, Fyfe in Mind Full of Words Coverage of PNC Foundation Collaboration

Apr. 15, 2016

In the News: Stroble, Fyfe in Mind Full of Words Coverage
The promotional announcement for the grant was held in the Arcade Building at Webster's Gateway Campus in downtown St. Louis.

Webster's $1 million collaboration with the PNC Foundation to build preschool children's vocabularies in low-income neighborhoods of St. Louis was covered in stories by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis American and on KMOX 1120 AM radio, among others.

In the Post-Dispatch story Brenda Fyfe, dean of the School of Education, said Webster University students will further examine program effectiveness and ways to broaden the program’s reach over the course of the grant.

 In the St. Louis American story, which outlines the different program components, President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble is quoted, “We know that our conversations with our children make a difference in their vocabulary development. PNC’s support brings into focus a fundamental element of early learning that directly affects a child’s future success in school and in life.”

In the KMOX interview, Fyfe emphasized “how often we underestimate children’s ability to use sophisticated words and more complex words, and we talk down to them. ...This is another thing in this project: we want to speak a lot to children, it’s important to have lots of conversation with children.

St. Louis is one of 10 cities selected by PNC for the $10.75 million pilot program.

See more photos from the kickoff event in this Facebook album.

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