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I can help with the following categories: infant-toddler care,curriculum for two through five year olds, Child Development Associate (CDA), teacher-parent concerns, classroom projects and ideas, developmental questions, lesson planning, developmentally appropriate practice, child care director questions. I can give information based on my experiences, opinions, and education although I cannot answer questions that require psycholgical or developmental diagnosis.

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I have worked in the field of early childhood education for twenty years. I previously taught preschool and kindergarten. I am currently an administrator for a center. I also conduct and attend parent and teacher workshops on various topics related to early childhood.


National Association for the Education of Young Children, Phi Kappa Phi


Mailbox Magazine, Local Community Association Newsletter, Newsletter for local chapter of National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Tide, Literacy Connections, Room to Grow Blog


BS in Psychology with Early Childhood Credits, Infant-Toddler Certification, M.Ed., Child Development Associate (CDA) Advisor, Level Six Maryland Credential

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Honors Graduate(4.0 GPA)

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Eli12/05/1110Its no problem, thanks for the help!

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2014-03-13 cda application proess:

Hi Tonya,    Based on what you described, it sounds like you have to start with a new portfolio and new scholarship application. I cannot help you with those processes but if you google "CDA Help" you

2012-06-25 Double Promotion or Grade Skipping.:

In general I would be against grade skipping especially in early grades because of the social development levels. I'd prefer to have teachers tailor their lessons to meet the needs of advanced learners

2012-02-22 Does a Montessori school make your child smarter?:

Hi Kevin,  I know this is probably NOT the answer that you want to hear, but there is no right or wrong answer. Montessori schools may be great for some children, but may not suit the needs of children

2011-11-14 baby development questions:

Hi Eli. I am so sorry that I missed your question.  There were some researchers who believed that there was a connection that classical music made babies smarter...nowadays, most researchers do not agree

2011-11-06 curriculum:

Hi Wadha,  Congrats on such an exciting venture!!! Here is a great article that will guide you. Three that are great to start with are Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and Pearson's Opening the World of


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