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Fretta Reitzes

Areas of expertise:

  • • Kindness conversations: kindness, compassion and empathy within your classroom
    and school community
  • • Integrating music and dance into your curriculum
  • • Storytelling as a vehicle for learning
  • • The art of listening (for teachers and parents)
  • • Exploring the complex role of the 21st century teacher
  • • Creating purposeful partnerships with parents (with teachers)
  • • Defining the culture of your school

Fretta Reitzes has been at the forefront of early childhood and parenting education for 35 years. Currently the director of the Goldman Center for Youth & Family and the Wonderplay Early Learning Initiative at the 92nd Street Y, she is the founder and director of the annual Wonderplay Conference, now in its 10th year.

Fretta is the co-author of the recently released Teaching Kindergarten: Learner Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press), as well as two books for parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: Wonderplay and Wonderplay, Too! (Running Press).

Her work in parenting education began with her role as director of the 92nd Street Y’s Parenting Center, the first parenting center in the country. Under her leadership, the center became a national model with programs that continue to be replicated today.

Fretta began her career as an early childhood classroom teacher and director, with a master’s from Bank Street College and additional training in music and dance education.

Meet Fretta