Judith Herb College of Education

Department of Early Childhood and Special Education
Research and Projects


Project LEA - Leading Educators in Advancing Inclusive Early Education

The purpose of Project LEA is to prepare approximately 30 urban ECSE administrators and supervisors to serve as educational leaders in their districts through a part-time, online, graduate program of study offered through the University of Toledo.  This 5 year project (2013-2018) will enroll four (4) cohorts of scholars who will complete the program and degree graduate in two years. Project LEA is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

NURTURES is a partnership between Toledo Public Schools, day care centers/nursery schools, The University of Toledo (education, engineering, & science departments), and community resources (e.g., Imagination Station, Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens) that will work with teachers and families to create a complementary, integrated system of science education for grades PK-3 in the Toledo area.  NURTURES is supported by National Science Foundation grant #1102808

University of Toledo Parent Professional Partnerships (UTP3)

Parent Teacher Partnership grant and requesting a total of $11,994.00 over a two-year period to redesign their existing undergraduate parent-teacher partnership course. The course will be co-designed and co-taught by parents, using the Parent Teacher Partnership Model. This course will facilitate the development of pre-service teacher and parent knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding parent-teacher partnerships.

Project Open House

There is an urgent need to increase access to and improve the quality of inclusive childcare for young children with disabilities in Ohio.  Through a state-wide and local/regional systems change approach, Project Open House (POH) will address these concerns to produce lasting improvements in how high-quality childcare is provided to young children with disabilities and their families.  Project Open House is funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. 

Great Start for Higher Education (GSHE)
The purpose of Great Start for Higher Education (GSHE) is to enhance the quality of the early childhood curriculum offered at 4 community colleges in Michigan (Grand Rapids Community College, Mott Community College, Monroe County Community College and a 4th to be determined) so that associate-degree early childhood teachers are better prepared to meet the needs of young children with diverse needs and their families.  Accordingly, GSHE will work with faculty and community partners from these IHEs to embed evidence and competency-based content into early childhood courses and increase the number and quality of inclusive early childhood practicum sites.


Project EC-NET is a five-year (2007-2012) under-graduate level personnel preparation program which focuses on the appropriate training of Intervention Specialist: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs.

Direct Connections
The focus of Project DIRECT CONNECTIONS is on the preparation of early childhood special educators to serve as highly qualified itinerant early childhood special education (ECSE) teachers across Ohio.

Parent Mediated Television Viewing
A research and innovation to improve services and results for children with disabilities:  initial career award supported by the Office of Special Education Programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Project SCOUT
Project SCOUT (Securing Career Opportunities at The University of Toledo) is a customized employment program involving partnerships with community agencies representing individuals with disabilities.

Project Need to Read
This project is for the evaluation of computer-based reading paired with home and school instruction.

Partner Project
The Partner Project (2012-2015) is designed to assist community college faculty who want to enhance their early childhood curriculum to better prepare associate-degreed teachers to work with young children with diverse abilities.  It will entail a year-long curriculum revision process followed by a year-long impementation and evaluation period with three community colleges in Ohio, Professional Development webinars for community college EC faculty members, and working with teachers at inclusive community-based early childhood programs that could serve as model practicum sites.  The Partner Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant# H325N110014
Last Updated: 7/17/19