About Jacki Leader

Jacki Leader has been involved in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years and in many different positions. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Masters in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University. She has been an adjunct instructor for University of Cincinnati’s online ECE program since 2002 and currently works with student teachers. She also teaches at Cincinnati State. She is a consulting trainer for 4Cs as well as a private early childhood consultant. Previously, she was the director and lead preschool teacher at Miami University Hamilton’s Campus Kids for over 11 years. Jacki is also the accreditation and quality chair for Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children.

Explore Existential Intelligence and Nature

  One of my favorite nature advocates, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, explains the importance of children’s connections to nature below:   “Wonder is when you are 3-4 years old, you go out in your backyard, … READ MORE

5 Best Ways to Welcome Spring with Your Senses

Spring is upon us, and our senses will be barraged with the sights and sounds of the changing season. What a great time to explore the emergence of spring through our 5 senses!  Consider what spring opportunities you can offer … READ MORE

What Can Children Learn from Animal Tracks?

It is a special thrill when a child finds an animal track outside.  When you happen upon one, you realize you have discovered a visible clue: who came before us? where did they go? will they return? If you are … READ MORE

Mud Day Part 2

International Mud Day will soon be upon us (June 29th).  Preparing for Mud Day will help make the event fun for all ages.  Consider where the best outdoor place is to have your mud day event.  Make sure to have … READ MORE

Mud Day

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” -e.e. Cummings We are on the cusp of International Mud Day, June 29, 2018.  The quote above is a segment of e.e. Cumming’s poem [in Just-] and is a wonderful reminder of the provocative … READ MORE