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NEW YORK, October 24, 2006 – Children’s Progress, a leading PreK-3 educational assessment company, announced today that G. Reid Lyon, PhD. has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Lyon is the former Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the architect of the federal Reading First program.


“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Reid Lyon to the Children’s Progress Board of Directors,” said Eugene Galanter, Children’s Progress Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer. “Dr. Lyon brings more than 25 years of experience in child development and education to the Board. We believe his experience, particularly his work on federal educational initiatives such as his direct involvement in the creation of the Reading First program, will strongly support the Company’s goals in the development of effective educational assessment tools. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Dr. Lyon, who served as an advisor to the administration on child development and reading research and policies with us.”


Dr. Lyon brings significant expertise in early childhood development, reading, neuroscience and the education sciences to Children’s Progress. In his previous leadership position at NIH, Dr. Lyon was responsible for the direction of research programs in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral pediatrics, reading, and human learning and learning disorders. He was also charged with the translation of NIH scientific discoveries relevant to the health and education of children to the White House, the United States Congress and other governmental agencies.


Dr. Lyon’s research and experience in reading development, reading difficulties, and reading instruction has contributed significantly to the understanding that a child’s development during the early years, particularly in learning to read, forms the foundation on which much of his or her future academic success depends. Dr. Lyon will offer expert insight to Children’s Progress as the company further develops its assessments – enabling educators and parents to have the information they need to help children grow and develop, ensuring that later learning is built upon a sound foundation.


Before joining NIH, Dr. Lyon served on the faculties of University of Alabama-Birmingham (Special Education), Northwestern University (Communication Science and Disorders/Neuroscience, 1980-1983) and the University of Vermont (Neurology, 1983-1991). Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico (1978) with a dual concentration in psychology and special education and completed his fellowship in developmental neuroscience at the University of New Mexico Medical Center. He has served as a teacher of children with learning disabilities, a third grade classroom teacher and a school psychologist in the public schools in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont.


Dr. Lyon has authored, co-authored and edited more than 120 journal articles, books and book chapters addressing learning differences and disabilities in children. He was a member of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education and has served as an advisor to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush on child development and education research.


Currently, Dr. Lyon is the Executive Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Higher Ed Holding and Whitney International University, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He will remain in this position as he serves on the Children’s Progress Board of Directors.

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