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 prepare their child academically?
Dr. Rene Hackney: Preparing children academically you can do that just by enrolling them in a preschool where they are going to be exposed to a lot of academic ideas through play.
You can also read to them everyday, reading to young children everyday is seen as being one of the best ways to prepare them for school and for later reading. Another thing that parents can do is to look into what is called Floor Time, it is programmed by Stanley Greenspan and it encourages parents to get the most they can out of their Floor Time experience and their play experience with young children.