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.

Hidden Treasures

Winter seems to have taken an extra-long hold in my area.  We seem to get a few fleeting hours of nice weather between the cold and rain.  I took advantage of the few minutes of nice weather recently and went … READ MORE

Detecting Signs of Spring

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   -Margaret Atwood It is that time of the year when the signs of spring are becoming visible.  What a great opportunity to have the children … READ MORE

Snow Imprints

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. – Andy Goldsworthy A blanket of fresh fallen snow can be so peaceful.  The pristine snow evokes a feeling of endless possibilities. When I was young, I loved marking this blank … READ MORE

The Sandbox, Part 2

In part one of The Sandbox I reflected on how open-ended sand is.  Because of this, the type of materials offered, and the way the materials are presented will set the stage for sand exploration.  Traditional sand toys typically include … READ MORE

The Sandbox, Part 1

If you have ever been to the beach then you have witnessed the allure of sand.  People young and old are digging, building and playing in the sand. Sand is naturally intriguing due to its open-ended qualities.  Every grain of … READ MORE