Meet the Child Study and Early Childhood Education Director

Michelle Dent goodwin child study program director in connecticut

Michelle Dent's career in education began when she earned her Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Fordham University in New York City. Michelle spent several years teaching kindergarten and first grade at PS 150, The Walt Disney School, in the Bronx. She enjoyed working with a diverse population of families as she prepared the young children in her classes to be successful and engaged learners.

In 2004, Michelle moved with her family to Connecticut and purchased a childcare program in Southington, which served children from six-months to six-years-old. She spent the next 11 years as the director of her program, supporting hundreds of children and families, as well as a dedicated group of early childhood professionals.

Michelle's enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning was the foundation for the many workshops she attended with her staff, as well as several trainings she provided for them. Michelle continuously worked to improve the curriculum so that all children in her program were provided with the highest quality early childhood education possible.

In 2014, Michelle joined Goodwin University's faculty and, in 2016, became the program director for the Early Childhood programs. She is passionate about the importance of providing high-quality early childhood education to all children in Connecticut, and she enjoys working with Goodwin's diverse student population to support them in their academic and professional careers.

Michelle volunteers as a peer-reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) higher-education accreditation. She also sits on the Executive Board for the Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CTAEYC).

A message from Professor Dent

Hello, and thank you for your interest in Early Childhood Education and Child Study!

As program director, I always make time to talk to students about their professional aspirations. I want to make sure that each student is on the right path to accomplish their career goals in the shortest timeframe possible.

As a Universal Design for Learning fellow, my focus is on making learning accessible, meaningful, and engaging for everyone. My goal is for every child in Connecticut to obtain inspiring early childhood instruction from a teacher who understands how to provide equitable, anti-biased early childhood education.

I invite you to join us on the exciting journey to becoming an exceptional early childhood educator and a passionate advocate for children, families, and our profession.

Best regards,
Michelle Dent, M.S. Ed.D.