Gilmore hires Grace for Monroe program

By NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – The Gilmore Foundation has hired one of the nation’s leading experts on early childhood development.
Dr. Cathy Grace, director of Early Childhood Development and Policy for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, will begin a full-time position with the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative (GELI) in Monroe County in June.
Grace previously was director of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University. She served as a consultant to the Gilmore Foundation when it made a commitment to early childhood education in 2006.
“With Dr. Cathy Grace, we’ve got the absolute best,” said Gilmore Foundation Executive Director Danny Spreitler.
Grace, a Tupelo resident, said she’s excited by the opportunity. “The progress that GELI has made is phenomenal,” she said.