AgriLife Extension child development specialist Green receives Superior Service Award

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Stephen D. Green, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service child development specialist in College Station, has been awarded that agency’s  Superior Service Award in the specialist category.

The award, presented Jan. 8 during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife conference in College Station, is given to those who demonstrate outstanding performance or who provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of the Texas A&M University System.

In his award nomination, Green was described as “an effective and productive professional whose most recent contributions to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have resulted in innovative approaches in Extension programming in the areas of parenting, child development, child care training and family life issues.”

The nomination also stated that in his role with AgriLife Extension, Green developed program resources that allowed AgriLife Extension agents statewide to deliver child development programs at a local level, providing broader diffusion and impact of these programs.

“The planning guidance and evaluation tools provided by Dr. Green have enabled AgriLife Extension educators to offer high-quality trainings and to measure their impact,” said Dr. Susan Ballabina, AgriLife Extension regional program director for the agency’s East Region. “He is widely recognized throughout the state as an expert on child care training information and delivery.”

Among Green’s efforts highlighted in his nomination was his development of the Early Childhood Educator Online Training Program. In 2011, early childhood educators in the U.S. completed 67,146 online courses, earning more than 105,000 clock hours through program participation.

Green was also cited for his efforts with child care provider training and conferences conducted regionally or in multi-county settings, and for developing the Fathers Reading Every Day, or FRED, program for enhancing family literacy.

In a letter supporting his nomination, Dr. Caroline Crocoll, U.S. Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture director, division of family and consumer sciences at the Institute of Youth, Family and Community, Washington D.C., wrote: “Dr. Green’s work in parenting, child development, child care training, and family life issues is well-known and highly respected in the land-grant university system and with our federal partners.”

Crocoll also stated that Green’s “work on early childhood issues has had a tremendous impact on the field and within the communities he serves,” and that the “influence and impact of Dr. Green’s programs is extensive and has impressive replication potential for programs throughout the United States and beyond.”

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