The Recruitment and Retention Grant is an initiative supported by the Sherlock Center on disabilities and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. The purpose of the grant is to assist the Early Intervention (EI) and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) programs in establishing and maintaining a well-trained workforce. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Retention and Recruitment Office was established within the Human Development and Family Studies department at the Kingston campus. The grant project is in its fourth year.
Presented information on career opportunities available in Early Intervention to students at URI, RI college,and New England Institutes of Technology; future plans include outreach to additional higher education institutions with targeted student audiences
Placed and monitored 27 interns
Conducted career awareness presentation in child development at Mount Hope High School in Providence
Held 3 professional development workshops which attracted over 200 participants
Surveyed over 200 graduate students from URI and RIC regarding their knowledge of Early Intervention; the research and outreach done by the Retention and Recruitment Office provides Early Intervention with valuable information on which to base future recruitment efforts as well as maintain and reward our current workforce
The Retention and Recruitment project is lead by principal investigator, Karen McCurdy, Ph.D., who is joined by a Project Consultant and Graduate Assistants. The Recruitment and Retention Office can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 401-847-4036. Go to http://www.uri.edu/frp/ei for information on grant activities, upcoming conferences and presentations, and internships.