OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College early childhood education program coordinator Diane Christianson of Princeton was recently elected to the National ACCESS Board.
Christianson, an active ACCESS member at the state level, was elected by peers to serve the board as Illinois’ representative. She has previously served as state co-chair and will now be the treasurer as well as serving on the national board.
“It will be an honor to serve the national board,” said Christianson. “The representation will give Illinois excellent networking opportunities with other state affiliates and help us gain access in decision-making, conference planning and provide input and dissemination of the latest best practices in associate degree early childhood programs.”
The Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators – ACCESS to Shared Knowledge and Practice, commonly known as ACCESS, is a nonprofit membership organization.
The organization supports and advocates for associate degree programs for professionals who teach and care for young children from birth to age 8. The organization believes learning is a lifelong process and associate degree programs are an important link in early childhood professional preparation.