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Let’s Talk…Introductions

Welcome to Iowa State University Extension’s blog for early childhood professionals. Whether you provide care and education in a home, a center, or a school, we hope to be able to make a connection with you! Through this blog, we will discuss topics we know you  feel passionate about such as developmentally appropriate practices, connecting with families, dealing with difficult issues, and public policy. The mission for our blog is to share helpful information and engage in dialogue that will bring early learning to a higher level. We hope to get your thoughts on what is important in our field and, through our discussions, lift each other up.
Colleagues and blog facilitator

That's me in the red sweater with some of my Extension colleagues celebrating a birthday.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Malisa Rader and I have been in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. I consider early childhood education to be more than a job, it is my  professional passion. I have a bachelor’s degree in ECE and a master’s degree in early childhood administration. My background includes at-risk preschool teacher, child development specialist, early childhood program coordinator, and nine years at the Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School as their parent coordinator.  I’ll be the facilitator of the blog, but we will bring in others to share their ideas and thoughts as well. Most importantly, we want to hear from you – those of you teaching and caring for young children directly or perhaps serving as administrators or consultants. You have ideas to share about early childhood quality and practical suggestions to bring about necessary change.

So,why a blog? Because you and the work you do is SO important, and what better way to connect with each other than through the use of technology!  I love how Better Kid Care cites not just what you and I “know” but brings in the research to back it up.  Early childhood professionals need on-going support and professional development in order to continue to grow and learn. We hope to be a small piece of that using a few ground rules as a guide to our discussions.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to us here at Extension and each other in the comment box at the top of the page so that we can welcome you and begin connecting! No need for specifics – maybe how long you have been in the profession, what excites you most about the field, and an idea for a topic you would like to see discussed in a future blog post. 🙂

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader is a human sciences specialist that misses the daily hugs and high-fives from little people.

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  1. Hi Malisa! I have been a home provider for 4 years and think it is the most rewarding career. I look forward to reading your blog and would love to see one on transition ideas.

  2. Welcome Susan to Let’s Talk…Child Care! I am in awe of skilled home providers. 🙂 Thank you so much for introducing yourself and suggesting a topic. Children in group care have many transitions throughout the day – and whether they go smoothly or not depends a lot on the environment we provide. Excellent topic for a future blog!

  3. Looking forward to following your blog — I love the enthusiasm you have for early care and education!

  4. Hello! I am passionate about ECE as well and enjoy conversations with other professional in the field. I am a Director for 2 private centers and have 25 years experience. I am interested in special needs and technology as it relates to ECE. Looking forward to reading more in the future.

  5. Hello all. I am currently a program director and have been in the field for around 20 years. Sharing through a blog sounds great, I always welcome any fresh ideas!

  6. Hi Tiffany! You hit on two really hot topics in our field – technology and serving those with special needs! We will certainly be delving into those two subjects in the near future. Thanks for joining the conversation!

  7. Hi Darla! Your 20 years experience will bring some great insight into the conversation. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on our various topics!

  8. Hello Malisa. I was just reading your page and found it to be very interesting. I am a retired previously certified Maryland Stated Department of Education (MSDE) child care instructor and trainer. I work in the field of child care in various positions staring with home day care, then working for the Maryland public school system as a Before and After School coordinator, then as an Adjunct instructor for Prince George’ Community College teaching ECE/child care courses and workshops. I opened my own training and resource center where I taught child care courses and workshop. I was also licensed by the state of Maryland to write and issue certificates upon successful completion of state required courses and workshops. Since my recent retirement I now work with the child care community as a consultant. I find your website to be very interesting. I plan to follow your very gratifying progress and the work you and your colleagues do.

    Have a great day!


    Corinthia Johnson

  9. Thanks Corinthia! The blog has been a great way to share timely information, as well as fun to write. 🙂 So nice to hear it is reaching our east coast colleagues. Best wishes to you in retirement and consultant work. If you would like free Let’s Talk…Child Care bookmarks to share with early childhood professionals, send your mailing address to my direct email. Thank you again for connecting with us! Sincerely, Malisa