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UCO Recognized For Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Program

April 24, 2012

Media Contact:  Tiffany Wilson, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


The Oklahoma State Department of Health named the University of Central Oklahoma’s family life education – child development program an Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Program award winner at its annual Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol earlier this month.

Organized by the State Child Abuse Prevention Interagency Task Force, the awards honor organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to child abuse prevention activities.

“This is truly an outstanding and well-deserved honor for our faculty and students,” said Donna Cobb, associate dean of Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies.

“The program organizes numerous campus and community projects that bring awareness to the issue of child abuse prevention in Oklahoma.”           

Central’s family life education – child development degree program provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge about the growth and development of young children and the importance of parent education, play and assessment when working with families.           

Students in the program are required to participate in Central’s Child Study Center Lab, gaining hands-on experience, studying in the field and working with community groups.       

Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies has a long and proud history as the oldest teacher preparation institution in Oklahoma, with roots dating back to the university’s founding 1890 as the Territorial Normal School. With more than 4,000 students pursuing degrees in education, psychology, kinesiology and more, the college is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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