Gwen Morgan Honored by NARA

October 10, 2006

Gwen Morgan, senior fellow for Child Care Policy at Wheelock College, was one of two individuals honored by the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) at its 30th Anniversary celebration on October 10 at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel.

Morgan was presented with the association’s Distinguished Service Award along with George M. Robinson of Texas.

Created in the spring of 1976, NARA is a consumer protection organization that seeks to reduce risks to the health, safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults in out-of-home settings through sound licensing regulations, professional staffing standards and effective rule enforcement. Its members are drawn largely from the ranks of government agencies that license or regulate day or residential programs for youth or adults.

Morgan is a nationally known authority in the field of early childhood education and a pioneer in promoting sound child care licensing rules and enforcement. At Wheelock, Morgan had founded and served as director of The Center for Career Development in Early Care and Education. She is involved in teaching, consulting, policy research and development on early childhood licensing standards, professional development and systems change.

Morgan was a consultant or staff member to numerous child care policy research studies and has written extensively on human care licensing and related issues. Since 1985, she has issued annual reports providing comparative data on states’ child care licensing rules.

She served as a board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) when child care accreditation was developed and served on several NAEYC commissions, including one on technology and children and another on licensing. Morgan also was on the board of the Child Care Action Campaign. She holds a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, which awarded her an honorary doctorate degree in September 2004.

Morgan helped found many organizations, including: Day Care and Child Development Council of America (1969); Massachusetts Office for Children (1972); Massachusetts Children’s Lobby (1975); NARA (1976); National Campaign for Child Daycare for Working Parents (1980); and Work/Family Directions (1982). She also helped launch the Campaign for Early Education for All in Massachusetts, which led to creation of a new Department of Early Education and Care, which now houses the licensing division.

For information on joining NARA, call (770) 388-7771 or access NARA’s website at www.naralicensing.org.

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