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Ruth McGrath papers on Early Childhood Education

 Collection — Box: 1-14
Identifier: 17/F/461
Ruth McGrath Papers on Early Childhood Education,1965-1970, documents activities of NYSANE, ECEC and the Head Start Program kept by Ruth McGrath including minutes, rosters, reports, newsletters, and other materials.

Dates

  • circa 1937-1974

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Permission to publish material from this collection must be requested in writing from the University Archivist at the University Libraries of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Copyright

Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

8.1 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 carton)

Overview

Includes minutes, rosters, reports, newsletters, and other materials of the Early Childhood Education Council of Western New York (ECEC) and the New York State Association for Nursery Education (NYSANE).

Historical Note

The University's School of Education sponsored preschool began in 1932, largely through the efforts of Dean Leslie O. Cummings. It was named the Children's Cooperative Group. Patterned after the Ruggles School in Boston, the school's primary purpose was to provide observation opportunities for professional preparation in teaching. it was initially located on the second floor of Hayes Hall on the South Campus.

Dr. Ruth E. McGrath was involved with the school as a teacher from 1932 until 1949, when she became Chair of the Nursery School. She was named director of the School in 1959, a position she held until her retirement in 1979.

Overtime, the Cooperative Nursery School moved to several locations: the first floor of Hayes Hall, the Engineering Building, one of the houses the University Presbyterian Church. Finally, the School settled in to present location at 15 Baldy hall. There is officially became known as the "Early Childhood Research Center."

When Dr. McGrath retired in 1979, Christine Z. Cataldo was appointed a Director of the newly named "Early Childhood Research Center" (ECRC), she held the post until her death in 1985. Dr. James L. Hoot became the director of the ECRC in 1986. He was instrumental in adding the Robert Leather's playground in the fall of 1989, and through his efforts also obtained a $ 200,000 endowment for the Fisher Price and Quaker Oats Foundation Endowment. The School's new name became "The Fisher Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center."

In 1989 the ECRC became among the first in the nation to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Reaccreditation was granted in 1996 under the guidance of Associate Director, Dr. Elaine T. Bartkowiak. The school is compliance with the highest level of quality standards determined by 90,000 members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Fisher Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center is administered through the Department of Learning and Instruction. Preschool programs are offered to 75 children, ages 2-5 and providing a superior quality, developmentally appropriate, multi-cultural, anti-biased preschool education and also research training and consultation opportunities to the Western New York Community.

Taken and modified from ECRC homepage: http://ecrc.buffalo.edu

Chronology

1930s
Buffalo Association for Nursery Education (BANE)
1946
BANE becomes Buffalo Chapter of New York Association for Nursery Education (NYSANE)
1964
National Association for Nursery Education (NANE) reorganized to become the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Buffalo Chapter of NYSANE becomes the Early Childhood Education Council (ECEC) of Western New York; ECEC is also the Buffalo Chapter of the New York Association for the Education of Young Children

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in twelve series: I. Buffalo Nursery School Council, II. Buffalo Chapter New York State Association for Nursery Education, III. New York State Association for Nursery Education, IV. New York States Association EYC, V. New York State Association for Nursery Education, VI. New York State Council for Children, VII. Joint International Conference On Children, VIII. National Association For Nursery Education (NANE), IX. National Association For Early Childhood Education, X. Head Start, XI. Early Childhood Education Council scrapbooks, and XII. Early Childhood Education Council scrapbooks.

Acquisition Information

The Ruth McGrath papers on Early Childhood Education, circa 1937-1974, were donated to the University Archives by Ruth McGrath, circa 1984.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives Staff.
Title
Finding Aid for the Ruth McGrath papers on Early Childhood Education
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff.
Date
2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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