Betty Exelby networks and mentors with early childhood educators who are interested in implementing organizational changes within their centers. She hosts workshops related to the design/redesign of indoor and outdoor spaces. After fifteen years, as a teacher and supervisor of childcare and parent co-operative programs, Betty accepted a position as a professor of early childhood education at Thunder Bay’s Confederation College. This was followed by a move to Loyalist College (Belleville, Ontario), where she and her on-campus daycare colleagues studied and explored the Reggio Emilia approach. This initiative, along with many conferences and workshops, brought the approach to the attention of educators throughout Ontario and attracted attendees from across Canada. In 1998, after a thirty-year professorship, she retired for a brief time and then accepted an executive director post with GeoKids, located on the USGS campus in Menlo Park, California. Upon returning to Canada, Betty joined Project OutReach and continues to assist educators with their professional development goals. In addition, Betty is a consultant with Gadeki and Associates and is the coordinator of ECE projects. Betty Exelby lives in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is also the author of Theories of Attachment, Use Your Words, and Swinging Pendulums.
Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, "Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn't need to."
Eight years before his death, Fred Rogers met author, educator, and speaker Amy Hollingsworth. What started as a television interview turned into a wonderful friendship spanning dozens of letters detailing the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? Psychologist? Minister? Here is an intimate portrait of the real Mister Rogers.
The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers focuses on Mr. Rogers' spiritual legacy, but it is much more than that. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words."
“From its clear explanation of the developing brain of a baby to its enlightened presentation on the art of reflective childcare, I see how many times I will use this work as a resource. . . . Building on key research from infant development, psychology, and neuroscience, Maguire-Fong invites reflection on what it means to teach and to learn when working with infants and toddlers.”
—From the Foreword by J. Ronald Lally, codirector of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd, and author of For Our Babies
“Mary Jane Maguire-Fong explores deeply the connections between state-of-the-art science on young children's development, public policies affecting families, and best practice in the care and education of very young children. [This] is filled with so many great ideas, evocative illustrations, and practical considerations—all knit together in an almost lyrical narrative style. A wonderful, necessary read for anyone interested in supporting our youngest children.”
—Ross A. Thompson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
“Here is everything you ever wanted to know about very young children as ‘born researchers’—how they engage with the world so new to them and invite us to play with them in shared meaning-making. This book explores every aspect of early development and invites us to learn with the children, as we order time, space, and stuff to respond to their curiosity.”
—Elizabeth Jones, faculty emerita, Pacific Oaks College