About the Authors
Virginia Casper is a developmental psychologist and teacher educator. She has served in instructional, administrative, and clinical roles in the Bank Street Graduate School of Education for over 30 years. As an early childhood educator, she has specialized in infant, toddler, and family development and published widely in ZERO TO THREE and other related publications. Virginia also spent 10 years working internationally in education doing capacity-building work in China, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Liberia and South Africa, specializing in community-based research and learning. She is also a co-author of Gay-Parents/Straight Schools: Building Communication and Trust (with Steven Schultz), and a textbook on early childhood education (with Rachel Theilheimer) entitled Early Childhood Education: Learning Together.
Rebecca Newman is a School Social Worker at the New York Center for Child Development. Blending her background in early childhood education and social work, Rebecca brings a developmental perspective and passion for mental health to caregivers, families, and communities in service to young children. Before becoming a social worker, Rebecca served as an early childhood teacher in a variety of settings, including Reggio Emilia and Montessori.