Greetings to you all, I’m Mattie Jones, Ph.D., and I’d like to introduce PreK Corner with Dr. Mattie. In PreK Corner with Dr. Mattie columns, I am looking forward to sharing and discussing with you issues that cover the journey that children take from birth to school age and how this journey will also affect them throughout the rest of their lives.

My columns will be written for those of you who have children, teach and care for children, are guardians (uncle, aunts, grandparents), youth ministers, childcare services providers and all who love and want to know more about children. As a teacher, education administrator (principal) and author, I have more than 25 years of knowledge working with parents, communities, and children.

 

As an education administrator, my responsibilities included ensuring the development and provision of high-quality support services for families and active community involvement policies. Some of the leadership positions I have held at higher learning institutions extends from functioning as a professor, the director of the early childhood education and teacher preparation programs.

I’ve had success working with parents, early learning providers, teachers and presenting professional development opportunities. The respect and knowledge I gained from studying and conducting research have guided me in the writing of books and the developmental implementation of programs. I stay informed by being involved in community organizations that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. I was honored to receive the 2017 Indiana Early Care and Education Hoosier Educator Award by the Indiana National Association for the Education of Young Children (INAEYC).

Determination, passion, and purpose are the reasons why I founded PreK-Keys. PreK-Keys is a consulting Service that specializes in early learning. We provide keys that open the doors to the successful progression of young children. Key services include child outcomes data analysis, professional development, discipline (guidance), presentations, workshops and much more.

I am thankful to have this opportunity to share with you. There will be times when you may be challenged beyond your comfort zone as we attempt to look at children differently. I invite you to be my partner as we discuss things such as how childhood trauma affects the learning of children and why and what relationships are best for young children. There will be possible discussions around such issues as helping children deal with death and how we as adults are role models for children, preparing children to be resilient, self-regulated and other vital issues that children face on their journey.

Let’s continue the discussions as I share topics about young children and their journeys from birth to school-age. After you read the columns you may use the format below to ask me questions or request topics. I will aspire to answer questions and to cover requested topics in up-coming PreK-Corner with Dr. Mattie columns of the Recorder News Paper.