Profile for Valerie Krage

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Specialty area(s)

Early childhood education, family engagement in education, impact of poverty on development and learning.

Brief biography

A resident of beautiful Minnesota, I have spent the past thirty years working in the field of early childhood education in a variety of capacities. For many of those years, I worked in a program called Early Childhood Family Education, a MN state-wide program, where I taught in a 4k classroom, facilitated parent education classes, oversaw program operations, and worked with local childcare providers and private preschools. While I am a resident of Minnesota, I am a Wisconsinite at heart, earning my undergraduate degree from UW-Stout.  I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a doctorate in Early Childhood from Walden University in Minneapolis. I am passionate about all things early childhood, particularly the impact of poverty on learning, toxic stress, and family engagement in learning.


Current courses at UWL

ECE 212: Child Growth and Development
ECE 213: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 324: Curriculum and Assessment for Infant/Toddler through Preschool
ECE 425: Field Experience for Infant/Toddler through Preschool
ECE 490: Seminar: Relationships with Children, Families and Professionals
Student Teaching Supervision





EdD, Early Childhood Education
Walden University, 2018
Dissertation Topic: Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Parent Engagement in a Title I School

Master of Science, Educational Leadership
Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2012

Bachelor of Arts, Child Development and Family Life
University of Wisconsin-Stout