Thank you to all who attended our Unfolding conference. It was an inspirational day!
Mary Jane Maguire-Fong
Mary Jane Maguire-Fong is an author, teacher, consultant, and professor emeritus of early childhood education. She has been a preschool teacher, an infant centre director, and an administrator of early childhood programs serving families in the California migrant farm worker community. Her perspective on infants and toddlers is inspired by the work of Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler and informed by a growing body of research that sheds light on how amazingly aware, intent, and smart infants really are. She is certified in infant-parent mental health and has studied, with deep respect, the philosophy of teaching used in the birth to 5 programs in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the 2015 Teachers College Press bestseller, Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning Making Begins. She delights in the opportunity to be in dialogue with parents, professionals, and policy makers to respect and support infants’ and toddlers’ as inquisitive meaning-makers.
Polly Elam (RIE® President), studied and worked with Magda Gerber for 20 years and has been a member of the RIE® Board of Directors since 1986, serving as President since 2011. Polly
has also studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest beginning in 1986 and has continued studies there through the years and presented at the Pikler International Conference in 2007. She has experience as a Regional Child Development Programme Administrator and a Community College Instructor. As an ECE Consultant, Polly has worked with a variety of infant//toddler programmes and has conducted seminars and training in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States.
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