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 does NAEYC consider when reviewing a school?
Rene Hackney: NAEYC considers a great many things, looking at immunization records and records in the office, looking at safety guidelines, looking at ongoing teacher training and teacher accreditation. They also look at staff ratios, how many per class, how many children per teacher. They ensure that the ratios are met through the guidelines throughout the day in the early care and then after care. They are looking at hygiene things like the bathrooms and the safety issues of medications and chemicals being stored.
So, they are really going through those preschools with the fine tooth comb.