Eastern Releases New Early Childhood Video

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (07/12/2017) Eastern Connecticut State University's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC), in conjunction with the University's Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE), recently released a new video titled "Music with Bruce John." The video showcases one of many opportunities CFDRC children are offered to engage in music and movement.

Children who attend the CFDRC experience music each day during group time and as a choice during "center time." Specific songs are selected in order to illustrate or reinforce content that the children are learning as part of their current curriculum.

All classrooms gather together periodically for a center-wide musical experience, giving them an opportunity to be part of a community, exercise social skills and understand the components of a performance.

The video features an interactive performance with Bruce John, a local "musician for all ages" who has visited the center on several occasions. Both preschool- and toddler-aged students attended the performances. Through his music, children and center teachers were able to share in an experience that involved dancing, singing and moving together.

"Music and Movement are necessary and vital experiences for children. They support many areas of development, including motor, language, mathematical, social-emotional, creative skills and self-regulation. Collaboration with a community member, such as Bruce John, captures the essence of our center: community partnerships," said Director of the CDFRC Niloufar Rezai.

Besides John, Teacher Assistant Janette Rivera and University Assistant Matt Vizzo appear in the video, while Eastern employees Sean Leser and Ken Measimer contributed their efforts as production specialists.

The CECE News Report Series is a group of video productions that feature short video segments showcasing CDFRC programming and special events such as "Fun Mud Day," "Wings Museum" and "Investigating Nature."

To view the video, see http://www.easternct.edu/cece/music-with-bruce-john/. To view other CDFRC videos, see http://www.easternct.edu/cece/alphabetical-list-of-videos/.

About the CECE

The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) is a multidisciplinary research and training institute at Eastern Connecticut State University. Opened in 2007, the center is housed in a high-tech facility connected to a model early care and education program. The center works to enhance the quality of early care and education by conducting innovative research and disseminating research findings; providing professional development opportunities to early childhood teachers; developing and disseminating training; and supporting teacher educators and others who prepare future and current early childhood teachers and providers. Center faculty work closely with teachers in Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC), which serves as a laboratory for faculty and student research, student observations, and student practicum experiences.

About the CFDRC

The Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC) promotes the social, emotional, cognitive, language, aesthetics, and physical development of young children to inspire, support and educate their families; to provide a model program for future teachers and early childhood professionals; and to serve as a hub of innovative research and professional development. The CFDRC serves an economically and ethnically diverse population, including families receiving subsidized child care and families for whom English is a second language. It has been the site for many exciting studies. Findings of these investigations have been presented at national and international conferences and published in noted research journals.


Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 24 other states and 74 other countries.

A residential campus offering 39 majors and 58 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked the 26th top public university in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2017 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded "Green Campus" status by The Princeton Review seven years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.