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:Should parents consider NAEYC accreditation necessary?
Rene Hackney: NAEYC is an extra assurance. By all means, it is not necessary. There are many preschools that don t go after NAEYC accreditation. One reason being that it s very expensive to a preschool, it costs quite a bit of money for preschools to go through this process. It is also very time consuming. The teachers have to fill out reports, the parents of the school fill out reports, the office staff gets things in order for several weeks if not months before the NAEYC accreditor s visit.
So, there is a lot of working against preschools to go through this process. If the preschool chooses to, you can just it s extra assurance that they have gone through this rigorous process and they have come out on top.