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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