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: What are the benefits of attending a preschool s open house?
Rene Hackney: The open house gives you a real sense. While the NAEYC accreditation looks at parent teacher child language, going through and actually listening yourself is a whole different ball game. You can get a sense for how the teachers are; you can see how the teachers are dressed, how they present themselves. You can also get a look at what the supplies are in the classroom, how many toys are available. If you think those toys or those activities would interest your child, you can get a good look for how they maintain their space and how orderly things are. So, it can give you a real good sense just going in and seeing first hand.