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Professor Chris Bachelder named 2014 Children’s Champion

Jan Deissler, former Illinois AEYC president and current Heart of Illinois AEYC board member, presents Chris Bachelder, retiring Black Hawk College child development professor, with the 2014 Children’s Champion award.

Chris Bachelder, retiring professor of child development at Black Hawk College, recently was named a 2014 Children’s Champion by the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC).

The Illinois AEYC recognized 11 outstanding early childhood leaders from around the state at an award ceremony and banquet at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. Bachelder was nominated by the Quad Cities AEYC chapter.

Bachelder began teaching at Black Hawk College in 1984. She served as the child development coordinator for 30 years and department chair for 11 years. She advised the Child Development Club for 30 years and was instrumental in Black Hawk College receiving a “No Conditions” seven-year NAEYC Accreditation for the Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree in 2010.

Bachelder has been active in state and local committees, boards and coalitions, including being a member and officer of the Quad Cities AEYC Board from 1985-2011 and taking an active role in the Quad City Early Childhood (QCEC) Conference Committee since the early 1990s.

The QCEC Conference provided an opportunity for her students to become engaged in both their own professional development and that of the early care and education providers in the community when they served as workshop facilitators every-other-year.

Chris Bachelder is a dedicated leader whose hard work has meant a permanent impact on the lives of children and families in the community.

Last updated 5/16/2014