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Patrice Collins of Early Childhood Education named 2012 Outstanding Graduate of CED

A Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society member, Patrice Collins has maintained a 4.0 grade point average during her graduate studies, and her master’s thesis was titled “Exploring Father Involvement: A Qualitative Study with Formerly Incarcerated African-American Fathers.” She has delivered presentations on early childhood education and African-American fatherhood at numerous forums such as the 2012 Association for Childhood Education International conference and the 2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaker series.

Collins conducted extensive research about early educational practices, including such during study abroad programs in Tanzania, East Africa and St. Croix, Virgin Islands in 2009. A recipient of numerous awards, she received the 2011 Alan T. Nishio Educational Equity Award and 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger Minerva Scholarship, and was excited most recently about the graduate research fellowship she received from the university which covered her tuition for a full year supporting her research.

Her campus leadership includes service on the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center ASI Board of Trustees and as a COE senator. Since 2011, Collins has worked as a CSULB Family and Consumer Sciences Department instructor and, since 2008, a Child and Family Center early childhood educator. Nationally, she is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, ACEI and NAACP. Additional nonprofit affiliations include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Head Start and AmeriCorps Vista, and her community service work with at-risk children and families.

Though she is receiving her master’s degree in early childhood education this month, Collins’ plans include pursing a doctorate degree in early childhood education in the near future. She considers increasing awareness about high-quality early education for young children a major priority.

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