To provide busy, caring adults with a means to encourage learning
and enrich relationships with their children. Through this site,
we aspire to:
* Promote and foster interactive learning experiences
* Enhance and strengthen family connections
* Build core values that are essential for success in life
intend to accomplish our mission by delivering quality ideas
and activities to help families plan their time together and
links to appropriate resources.
Our roots go all the way back to 1979 when the concept of "parenting"
had not yet entered our vocabularies. Lisa Durkin, a former
teacher and veteran of the educational publishing industry,
created First Teacher Magazine to meet early educators' need
for information and ideas. Over the next twenty years, First
Teacher formed a well respected team of contributing experts
from all areas of early education including teachers, parents,
professors and artists. In addition to the magazine, this team
also produced 19 books,learning systems for educational publishers,
and Everyday TLC, a weekly newsletter developed for the huge
family child care market.
1998-99, we evaluated various opportunities for using the Internet
to distribute our twenty+ years of classroom and family-tested
content and resources. The result of this process is FamilyTLC.net,
designed specifically for busy, caring adults with children
in their lives. We welcome you to our community of users and
look forward to helping you bring fun, learning experiences
to your family everyday!
editorial team is managed by Belinda Kustan, who has nine years
experience teaching children two to twelve years and seven years
experience in administration and education at Brigham and Women's
Hospital in Boston, MA.
Editors and advisors include:
* Rachael Brown has over 20 years experience in early childhood
education, working in the public and private sector with emphasis
in providing training and consultation to child care providers
Tania Cowling, columnist and author on parenting and early education
topics, was a preschool and Kindergarten teacher and is developer
of Mommy and Me programs.
Susan Entz has 20 years of classroom teaching experience with
an emphasis on children with special needs, She is a past President
of the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children,
Big Island Chapter.
Leanne Grace has been Director/teacher of private preschool
and childcare center for 15 years, trainer of early childhood
professionals, and presenter at major early childhood conferences
including NAEYC .
* Mary Beth Spann Minucci was a teacher for 14 years and is
a contributing editor to First Teacher and Instructor magazines,
and author of more than 20 teacher resource books.
Kenneth R. Brown, Ph.D. is on the faculty at the University
He works with school districts across the country in curriculum
development and is Founder of Virtual Teacher Academy.com.
Susan Ginsberg, Ed.D is editor and publisher of Work &
Family Life: Balancing Job and Personal Responsibilities.
Fretta Reitzes is Director 92nd Street Y's Lillian and Sol Goldman
Family Center for Youth and Family in New York City, co-author
Bob Ness has over 20 years experience in software development
specializing in complex information systems.
* Mark Wise is the Chief Creative Officer of Imagewise
Interactive. He has over eight years experience in web site
and user interface design. His past lives include Media Services
Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and 20 years experience
in commercial photography, video and multimedia production.
Steve Holzinger is a senior developer of web and distributed
client/server database applications specializing in electronic
media. Steve has over 15 years experience in applied technology.
art in the activities was done by Deborah Dixler and fellow
artists, Nina Woldin and Catherine Minor at Dixler Studio. Debby
has extensive experience as an artist, designer, and educator
in the fields of early childhood, museum, and art education.
She has been art director on all First Teacher projects for
the past 20 years and also taught in the New Perspectives Program
at the Bank Street College of Education.
Funding for the web site has been provided by FirstTeacherTLC.com
and Philip Morris U. S. A. Youth Smoking Prevention.