Dr. Anita Solarski
Instructor, Teacher Ed. | EDE4302 - Instructional Mangmt. and Assess. | 6/3/2014 (QM)
I was born in Manhattan, NY and grew up on Long Island where I later taught Kindergarten in the public schools. I moved to upstate NY, Plattsburgh, where I owned and operated a preschool for 3- 5 years olds and then opened and directed an employer-sponsored child care center for the local hospital for children birth to five. I then began work with the special education population by taking a position with the Association for Retarded Citizens. I began as the director of the early intervention program and then was asked to direct a number of additional programs that served families. I was placed in charge of the respite home, the Medicaid Waiver Services Program and the Family Services Program. I worked very closely with families and built a deeper understanding of the many challenges they face each day.
I have also provided training for the State for the Early Steps (early intervention) team training and will be teaching on-line courses for Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist certification that is now required by the State. As part of an Early Steps grant, I have developed parent booklets for what to expect as young children develop and suggestions for how parents can help. These are distributed to parents of children with developmental delays and have been purchased by other agencies throughout the State.
My experiences allow me to combine all of my interest; early childhood, special education, and service learning.