"I’m so proud to be aligned with an association of such high regard. With my NAEYC membership I am better able to monitor research, best practices and see all the digital issues of Young Children."
- Laura Newman, Director of Education & Curriculum at Children’s Academy of Northlake in Tucker, GA. NAEYC member since 2007.
Tell us about your work with young children:
I have worked for over twenty-six years in varied roles within the field of Early Childhood Education. Currently, I am the Director of Education & Curriculum at Children’s Academy of Northlake in Tucker, GA.
Why did you become a member?
As I was walking our metropolitan hospital center through NAEYC re-accreditation, I felt it wise to dive in with a comprehensive membership to NAEYC. Going through the rigorous re-accreditation process for the first time was an entirely new experience. As I took in the rich content from NAEYC’s journals I absorbed information about children’s development and learning critical to my practice for years to come. To this day, I devour the journals and believe it's worth the investment to stay connected both for my professional commitment and for my commitment to the early childhood field.
What does your NAEYC membership mean to you? How has it impacted your career and influenced your work with young children?
I’m so proud to be aligned with an association of such high regard. With my NAEYC membership I am better able to monitor research, best practices and see all the digital issues of Young Children.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
I enjoy getting each copy of Young Children and the books I receive several times a calendar year.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I look forward to all my day-to-day interactions with children, teachers, and families. When I witness teachers each day who support children's learning, while providing emotional support with deliberate care, I know I am exactly where I am meant to be!
Describe your perfect day:
I love days when I bear witness to at least one rather remarkable moment where the innocence of childhood appears profound. For example, when a parent sends an email or thanks me in person for all I do, I feel rich with reward knowing I have made a difference in the lives of a young family.
What accomplishments, personal and/or professional you are most proud of?
Having successfully taken my current program through NAEYC accreditation and then through Georgia state accreditation when it had not yet been achieved.
What’s your favorite book (children’s book or books for adults) and why?
People, by Peter Spier because it beautifully celebrates diversity, so important to society and to every child care program.
Facebook. I have only early childhood education groups on my news feed so I can have up to the minute news and creative ideas at my fingertips.