Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: How can parents determine whether their child is mature enough for kindergarten?
Dr. Rene Hackney: The Nation PTA recommends that you consider several things to decide if your child is ready for kindergarten. They suggest looking at the maturity of the child, at the size of the child. They also suggest looking at their curiosity or their interest in learning. Talking to the pediatrician or the preschool teacher is the good way to determine if they are ready for going onto kindergartner. The last thing that they say to look for is, considering what other families in your area do. If children are being held back often that may impact or if they are being put a head often that may impact your decision.