Teacher / Author / Consultant
Organization: American River College
Mary Jane Maguire-Fong is professor of early childhood education at American River College in Sacramento, California. She has been a preschool teacher, an infant center director, and an administrator of early childhood programs serving families in the migrant farm worker community. Her work is inspired by the philosophy of teaching used in the birth to 5 programs in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the 2015 Teachers College Press book Teaching and Learning with Infants and Toddlers: Where Meaning-Making Begins. She serves as faculty for the WestEd Program for Infant Toddler Care, holds an Infant-Parent Mental Health Certificate from the University of Massachusetts, and is deeply committed to shaping sound policies and programs for young children, their families, and the teachers who serve them.