Marnie Morneault Named 2023-2024 Early Childhood Apprenticeship Leader

CCIDS research associate, Marnie Morneault, M.Ed., has been selected to the inaugural cohort of the Bank Street College of Education’s Action Research Fellowship for Early Childhood Apprenticeship Leaders. Bank Street launched this fellowship to support leaders of apprenticeship programs as they build or strengthen meaningful professional learning pathways for the early care and education workforce.

Morneault is one of 18 early childhood apprenticeship leaders from nine states who are working toward creating more equitable and high-quality early childhood systems. Teams were selected through an application process designed to identify the leaders with the most promising ideas for change aligned with Bank Street’s values and approaches to educator preparation.

Marnie’s current work includes both a systemic and individual focus on equity for people who are new to Maine either currently working or seeking to work in the early care and out-of-school-time fields.

Marnie and Lori Moses, her colleague on the Maine leadership team, are both members of the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN): a coordinated early childhood professional development system.

MRTQ PDN is the Intermediary and the Sponsor of the Maine ECE Registered Apprenticeship Program. The credential level awards include a choice of the Maine Infant Toddler Credential, Youth Development Credential, Family Child Care Credential, or Preschool CDA. The program partners with Kennebec Valley Community Action Program/Educare Central Maine.

From October 2023 through May 2024, fellows will learn how to apply Bank Street’s evidence-based principles for adult learning and teacher preparation to early childhood apprenticeship programs. By the end of this engagement, the goal is to have identified a set of promising innovations that can deepen the impact of these programs and be shared with the field.