Sanford Harmony Program Cited in Education Week Blog for Receiving $20 Million Donation

The Sanford Harmony program, an early-childhood social skills program, was cited in an Education Week blog post about a $20 million anonymous donation made to the San Diego-based National University. The University of Maine is one of nine university partners around the country that is promoting the program and training teachers through a professional development series called Sanford Inspire. The program aims to promote understanding and tolerance among children of different racial and ethnic groups and among children with disabilities. The donation will be used to expand the program nationwide. Collaborators hope to have 2,000 schools participating by the end of the year. As of June 2, UMaine has expanded its initiative statewide, and will be disseminated by the UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development.