Laurie Linscott is a Senior Academic Specialist who serves as Director of the Child Development Laboratories. She joined the faculty of HDFS (formerly Family and Child Ecology) in 1999 as a Head Teacher where she worked with the MSU/C.A.C.S. Head Start Collaboration. In 2001, Laurie moved to Central School as Head Teacher. In addition to teacher training, she took on the role of Advisor for the Family and Child Ecology Club for the next 5 years.
A milestone in her career was her role in the development of the early childhood inclusion model, operating at the Child Development Laboratories, Haslett campus. This collaboration with Haslett Public Schools and Head Start serves as a unique teacher training site and community resource. It has been in existence since 2004. celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2014.
Ms. Linscott has presented at state, national and international settings in the areas of Family Engagement, Inclusion and Cultural Competence. During her tenure she has taught Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs, Student Teaching in an ECE Setting and guest lectures for other courses. Most recently she has presented on topics related to early care and education at universities in Taiwan.
Ms. Linscott works with numerous groups at the local and state levels with a focus on community collaborations, advocacy and inclusion. She served as Co-Chairperson for the Quality Initiatives in Early Care and Education workgroup, part of Ingham Great Start Collaborative. This workgroup was then imbedded in the Ingham GSC School Readiness Advisory Committee. Ms. Linscott participated on the review and revisions of the MDE Early Standards of Quality, Preschool. Ms. Linscott served as President of Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children. She currently in on the Broad Art Museum Education Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. In 2017 she was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Executive Committee of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and serves as Vice Chair.