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This week, Patch teamed up with Dr. Deb Moberly, an early childhood development expert, to get all of your questions answered.
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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 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, and supervisor of pre-kindergarten teachers.
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 SIUC, Southeast Missouri State University, 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 and delights in her role as “Nana” to her granddaughter.