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:Is there anything parents have to do if they choose not to send their child to preschool?
Rene Hackney: Actually, there is nothing that parents have to do. There isn t any recommendation or any requirements before children enter kindergarten. There are many children who are not involved in any type of structured program before entering kindergarten. Now, that s sad, there are lots of programs available. There are classes like Gymbarie or Music Together where children can go and get some exposure to musical instruments or to movement to following directions to listening to the teacher. So, it is nice to get them involved in some of those other programs, but it is not a requirement at all.