MEET THE EXPERTS

MS,OT/L

Rachel is an Occupational Therapist specializing in early childhood wellness and development. Through her blog, books and parent resources, Rachel supports families in confidently and playfully promoting their babies' and toddlers' best beginnings. Her professional expertise in early childhood neurodevelopment, sensory-motor development, feeding, Plagiocephaly and Torticollis (head and neck issues of infancy) collide with her personal experiences as a mother to bring fellow parents, practical, down-to earth, advice rooted in science. Rachel is passionate about encouraging parents to give babies ample opportunities for free movement and play from birth and reduce the amount of time babies spend confined in baby gear.

PsyD, LMFT, RPT

Dr. Kim is a wife and a mom of a toddler and infant. After years of experience in television and radio, Dr. Kim became the owner/founder of her own brand and blog called The Parentologist. The Parentologist w/ Dr. Kim is a resource for moms and moms-to-be about everything parenting with a therapeutic twist. Dr. Kim is a doctorate in psychology, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered play therapist specializing in children 0-7 years old, a university professor, a public speaker, and a blogger. Dr. Kim speaks at local conferences and events, facilitates weekly prenatal/postpartum mom support groups, and offers parenting consultations nationwide! To conact Dr. Kim and schedule a parenting consultation, please email her at theparentologist@gmail.com.

MS.Ed.

Samara is a childhood math specialist with an extreme passion for planning curricula. She graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University with a double major in Economics and French and received her master's in Childhood Math Education from Brooklyn College. Samara has completed over 250 hours of professional development at Teacher's College, Columbia University covering topics like reading, writing and responsive classroom. She has taught grades K-4 for over seven years and is currently a head teacher at the Berkeley Carroll School in NYC.

Organization

First Edventures is a proud member of Zero To Three, an organization, providing professionals with knowledge and tools to support healthy early development. Founded in 1977 by leading child development researchers and clinicians, this global non-profit organization now reaches millions of parents, professionals and policymakers each year. They are on a mission to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies.