Ask the Patch Pro: Early Childhood Development Expert to Answer Questions Thursday

Patch is teaming up with Dr. Deb Moberly, early childhood development expert and founder of U-City based Children 1st, this week to get all of your questions answered.

Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about raising toddlers, education, parenting and more. That's why this week, we are teaming up with Dr. Deb Moberly, early childhood development expert, this week to get all of your questions answered.

In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro," Dr. Moberly will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Thursday, April 25.  

Get your questions ready and look for the Patch Pro article that is published on Thursday morning. Check out Dr. Moberly's Patch blogs by clicking here.

More about Dr. Deb Moberly:

Deb Moberly, Ph. D., a former Associate Professor and Early Childhood Coordinator in the Division of Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), founded St. Louis-based Children 1st (www.children1st.us) early childhood development consultants in 2012.

She has served more than 40 years in a range of roles in the early childhood arena—as a public school kindergarten teacher in Indianapolis, teacher/administrator of a nursery school coop, director of a private childcare center, director of the Child Development Laboratories at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C), and supervisor of pre-kindergarten teachers.

She has also coordinated research projects and professional development centers at SIU-C and the University of Memphis.

Additionally, Dr. Moberly has worked with preschool directors in Shanghai and Germany and made more than 200 presentations on early childhood topics regionally, nationally and internationally during her career.

 At the University of Memphis, Moberly directed early childhood center management-related grants totaling $5 million, which included “Ready, Set, Grow!” – a national accreditation facilitation grant, and was responsible for the professional development of 285 Head Start teachers in Shelby County, TN. She also worked with Memphis City Schools in facilitating national board teacher certification.

Moberly taught university classes for nearly 40 years at SIU-C, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), University of Memphis and UMSL. Joining the faculty at UMSL in 2009, Moberly taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
She lives with her husband in University City, MO and delights in her role as “Nana” to her granddaughter.

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Mike Stevens April 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Sadly maybe you needed more early childhood education since you don't know the difference between "statics"--meaning things that don't move, and "statistics", or the area of math that analyzes data.
PaulRevere April 27, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Dino: You said it all in words that make comments of "Mike" simply drown in deep waters. Dino: Whenever Mike responds with a grammar correction or definition reprisal, stay confident "YOUR MESSAGE GOT THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR". Mike needs to join the "texting world of spelling". All appropriate in this informal forum called the Patch. Can we use Faces and symbols here?
PaulRevere April 27, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Dino: Your 30 year time frame is right-on. Since then, our homes are now re-assessed every 2 years. (More for the teachers) Since then, Atheists have managed to remove "Faith, Hope and charity" from the minds of our children. Since then, sex-education has "Trumped" mind-education. Since then, students have lost "morals" and "responsibility" that were enforced by simply requiring "respect of your elders". No one questioned and mocked the teacher. Since then, parents contributed time and extra dollars to give their children an opportunity to learn. Today, not even taking the time to drive the child to school is fully accepted. Today , Teachers pay has overwhelmed the budgets with such disdain of the poor-needy and less fortunate. Since then-Teachers have become "wimps" to the system. Correctional behavior is now confused with "autistic" tendencies. Since then, Teachers have re-classified themselves as ""Doctors" or "child care" or "behavioral science" professionals. SADLY, SINCE THEN--- Our schools no longer "TEACH". They "FOLLOW". Comparing 30 years ago to today cannot be done by the parents of today. They must be informed to see the reasons why the whole system needs to be "Moved BACK" when kids were allowed to be kids. In mind and play. The unteachables and rowdy's "disturb and disrupt" just as the claimed "god" "Prayer" might disrupt other students. Many need to be "Purged" from our public schools. They have a free education, but with "Rules".
PaulRevere's Mom April 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Deb, at what age should children stop role-playing?
PaulRevere April 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Deb: At what age should parents stop playing "Mother may I".


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