Paul and Nettie Becker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nettie Becker has devoted her entire professional life to working with young people, first as a teacher and counselor of high school students, and for the past 20 years in the field of infant and early child care. She has designed, set up, and implemented a movement program of adaptive physical education at a school for special children and has worked as a child development consultant for day care programs in New York City. She has also taught parenting classes in the continuing education department at Molloy College in New York.
She currently conducts workshops in child development and movement through play for parents and their children in community library programs in Nassau County, NY. She has introduced a community program for parents, to help them engage with their babies through motor, sensory, and emotional stimulation in their first year.
Becker is a fellow emeritus in early childhood group therapy at the Child Development Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and was part of the program’s continuing education committee that served as a consulting group for child care professionals.
As coauthor of A Comprehensive Guide for Caregivers in Day Care Settings (1999 ) and Developing Quality Care for Young Children (2008), Becker holds a master’s degree in professional studies. Majoring in dance/movement therapy that combined movement and psychology in the development of young children, she is a member of the Academy of Dance Therapists Registered, trained in the Kestenberg movement profile analysis that evaluates movement patterns and personality.
Paul Becker has pursued a dual career for many years as a high school teacher and a journalist. His journalism career began as a U.S. Army correspondent in Europe while in the service and continued through his years as a high school teacher. Throughout his teaching career, he authored many articles on American history as well as those that promoted the cause of public education. He has written for and edited teacher publications that championed the welfare of teachers and children.
Early in his career, he was a member of the editorial staff of Teacher News, a weekly teachers’ newspaper devoted to the ongoing battle for expanding and enriching public education for all children. Later, he was the editor of the quarterly Teacher Action, a publication that promoted the same cause.
For several years he was the editor of Between the Lines, a newsletter for free-lance writers in New York and for ten years, he edited Steel Industry Update, a newsletter on U.S. industry for Locker Associates, an economic consulting firm in New York.
Along with Nettie Becker, he is the coauthor of A Comprehensive Guide for Caregivers in Day Care Settings (1999) and Developing Quality Care for Young Children (2008). With the large number of women now in the American workforce, particularly in light of current economic realities, he is a passionate advocate for a national program of high-quality affordable early child care for families who want it.
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