Responsive Early Education for Diversity (REED)

REED is  is a personnel preparation project funded by the U.S.Department of Education— Office of Special Education Programs. Project # H325K110157

Responsive Early Education for Diversity (REED) is a federal grant project that is linked to the University of Georgia’s Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Preparation Program. Federal funds provide fellowships and out of state tuition stipends for eligible candidates. Students who are funded commit to working in the field of early childhood special education after graduation. This service obligation involves working two years for each year of funding.

The Birth through Kindergarten Program prepares beginning professionals specialized to work with children birth through age 5, both with and without disabilities. It is one of three undergraduate emphasis areas in the Special Education Program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at UGA. We currently offer programs at the undergraduate (BSEd) and graduate (MAT, MEd & EdS) levels.

Through REED funding, the Birth through Kindergarten Program promotes developmentally appropriate inclusive and collaborative teaching practices.  Graduates of the Birth through Kindergarten Program are eligible for Georgia’s Birth through Kindergarten teaching certification. This certification is based on both Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for teacher preparation. Graduates are also eligible for Georgia’s Preschool Special Education teaching certification. Upon completion of our program, graduates earn a degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Birth through Kindergarten.  Graduates are prepared for public school teaching positions in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Preschool Special Education, along with positions with Early Head Start, Head Start and in Early Intervention (Babies Can’t Wait).


For information about REED and the Birth through Kindergarten Program contact:

Dr. Cynthia Vail
Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education
The University of Georgia
552 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-4578