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Children are naturally inquisitive, open, trusting, energetic, and happy. It is our privilege and duty to be sure these qualities are nurtured and channeled in constructive ways.

Dr. Sharon Landesman
Ramey and Dr. Craig T. Ramey

Authors and Advisors

Authors and Advisors, beth wise

Beth Alley Wise

Former member of Disney’s creative development team, author of hundreds of books and programs for young children, contributor to 150 highly-acclaimed educational products for HMH, Pearson, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, and others. Mom and former early childhood teacher.

Authors and Advisors, joellyncicciarelli

Joellyn Cicciarelli

Former editor for Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, contributing writer for Jay Jay the Jet Plane. Author and songwriter of numerous award-winning books, songs, and curriculum materials for young children. Mom and former early childhood teacher.

Authors and Advisors, rameys

Dr. Craig T. Ramey and
Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey

Founding directors of the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education. Conducted longitudinal research with more than 100,000 young children. Published 500 scientific manuscripts and many educational articles and books, including Right from Birth and Going to School, which were the basis of two awardwinning public television series. Principal investigators on research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, and private foundations.

Authors and Advisors, shanahan

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago. Past president of the International Reading Association and inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. Served on the White House Assembly on Reading, Chair of the National Early Literacy Panel and author of the NELP Report.

Dr. Lynn Hartle

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Central Florida. Mathematics and Technology

Sarah Sprinkel

Former Senior Director of Early Childhood and Community Outreach for Orange County, Florida. Social and Emotional Development and Family Engagement

Lucille V. Barrera

Elementary Science Supervisor, Houston Independent School District. Science

Dr. Denise Bennerson

Professor of Education at University of the Virgin Islands. Inclusion

Dorothy Creegan

Former Director of Program Administration at Long Island Head Start. Family and Community Involvement

Dr. Sandra Mercuri

Professor of Education at Fresno Pacific University. Dual Language Learners

Ellen Galinsky

Author, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. “Keep the Fire Burning Brightly”

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

Executive Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Education. “Importance of Play”

Karen Nemeth

Author, Many Languages, One Classroom. “Language and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom”

Christina Rodriguez

Vice President and Publisher, Rainbow Educational Concepts. “Creating Context for Learning”

Patricia Oholeguy

Director of Strategic Initiative at Family Matters of Greater Washington. “English Language Learning for Spanish Speaking Children”

Brian Smith

Gigi Hayes

Diane Becker

Matt Lemmons

Susan Light

Laura Fischer

Christina Rodriguez

Michaelis/Carpelis Design

Sylvain Michaelis
Irene Carpelis