St. Augustine College received a $99,714 grant on January 2020.

The grant was awarded by the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES for the purpose of Strengthening Career Readiness for Chicago Early Childhood Educators through the Humanities.

“This grant it brings us long-awaited and much needed support to develop innovative curriculum for our students! The NEH grant will enable us to advance learning in the humanities and will give us the resources to redesign two courses.

Together with several local experts, we will develop a new curriculum which will include the topics from areas of history, music, literature, art, theater connected to Chicago.

Our ECE program is preparing a new generation of teachers to educate children, the future generation, the citizens of this city, country and the world. The more educated the educators will be, the more information they will be able to pass on to the students” said Elena Voltchek, Project Director.

The project will be headed by Elena Voltchek, Project Director, Amanda Kraus, Co-Project Director, Antoinette Mester, Project Coordinator and Dennette Derezotes, Project Evaluator.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

National Endowment For The Humanities

WBEZ Newscast for Wednesday, January 15, 2020. 
Follow link for news on St. Augustine College’s redevelopment of new curriculum for the Early Childhood Education program.

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