To create a unique interdisciplinary academic center of collaboration between Florida Southern College’s School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Sciences that will contribute to and utilize scientific evidence in preparing future nurses and teachers to identify and intervene in health-related issues, and engage in community outreach, to improve childhood learning and health.
The Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health brings together the resources of the School of Education and the Ann Blanton Edwards School ofAnn Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences for a unique interdisciplinary program to positively impact the academic experience of young children. The Center, which was created in 2020, is named in honor of Dr. Carol Jenkins Barnett ’79, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins. Barnett was a champion for children who dedicated her life to philanthropy, community and enriching the educational experience for all. Dr. Carol Jenkins Barnett passed away on December 7, 2021 at the age of 65. She leaves behind a legacy of leadership that positively transformed the Florida Southern community and will continue to influence future generations who learn in The Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health.
The Carol Jenkins Barnett Center will:
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Education Coordinator Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health