Hello and welcome to Learning Together, our new blog.
As a leader in child education and family solutions, we care deeply about inspiring children to be lifelong learners — and we know that doing so means staying on the cutting edge of education.
That’s why we’ve gathered a few of the country’s leading education experts to write candidly about the latest childhood development and early childhood education research. Our goal with this blog is to help parents understand what their children are learning and how they can help enhance that learning beyond the classroom.
Meet our writers
We’re very excited to have gathered a group of leading early childhood experts for this blog. Joining us are:
Joan Lessen-Firestone, Ph.D.
Dr. Firestone is a leading educational expert on brain development, early care and education and emerging literacy. A past president of the Michigan Early Childhood Education Consortium and the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and a recent Governing Board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dr. Firestone has written and spoken extensively on the development and education of young children and their families.
Pam Schiller, Ph.D.
Dr. Schiller is a respected curriculum specialist and freelance author and speaker. Dr. Schiller served as head of the Early Childhood department at the University of Houston, where she also directed the Lab School. She is the author of six curriculums, 18 children’s books, more than 30 teacher and parent resource books, and a number of other creative projects such as activity books, DVDs and CDs.
Dr. Heather Wittenberg
Dr. Heather is a psychologist specializing in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers — and parents. She offers no-hype, practical parenting advice on her blog BabyShrink
— rooted in science, and road tested in her own home as the mother of four young children. She has helped thousands of parents over the years and knows that the most common problems with young children — sleep, feeding, potty training and behavior — can be the most difficult ones to solve.
As we get started, you’ll be able to check back here every Monday for a new post from one of our writers. Our first post will tackle an issue of great importance to parents: separation anxiety. Dr. Heather will share her tips Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, so be sure to check back.