When Mary Ann Cogelow began her career as a parent educator at Dayton's Bluff Early Childhood Family Education (E.C.F.E.), she was hired because she "knew how to talk to parents".
Twenty-five years later Mary Ann will retire from Dayton's Bluff E.C.F.E. having touched the lives of hundreds of parents and children.
definitely knows how to talk to parents.
remembers that, "Mr.
career grew with the program.
For anyone who has not attended an E.C.F.E. class here is the premise: Parents and children do best learning together.
Everyone begins class with a communal circle time, followed by a well orchestrated parent and child interaction based on playing and learning with your child; not watching from afar, but getting down on your child's level and seeing the world through their eyes.
Then parents and children separate and children stay in their class with their teachers.
Parents go into a whole other room - a safe haven to learn, listen and support each other in their parenting.
Amazing things happen in that parent room.
has been the woman who for 25 years has been leading those discussions.
"It's been a great privilege to work with people you love, doing a job you love, with parents you love is such a great deal.
I've learned a lot from parents."
has drawn on her
own parenting for many of her
life lessons she
shares with parents.
And did we ever watch and learn, Mary Ann
For those of us who have been "lifers" at Dayton's Bluff E.C.F.E.
, we call ourselves that as we have spent our lifetime as mothers there, we sing the praises of Mary Ann
For those of us who have passed through a class for a brief moment in time, maybe a hard moment, we celebrate her
career as well.
We all want to wish Mary Ann
the very best as she
goes forth on her
When asked what she
will do with her
new status as a retiree, none of us are surprised to hear that she
will continue working passionately to keep parents and kids together and advocate for better E.C.F.E. funding.
E.C.F.E. will NEVER be the same.
What a gift we all had in knowing her
I can honestly say that my parenting was hugely affected by her
explanations, knowledge and love for children.
My family owes that woman so much.
- Betsey DeGree
asked us one day "How do your children know you love them?
sat down next to me and asked what I was seeing.
I looked back at the playground and cringed when she
fell off the bars on her
arm, Mary Ann
held me back saying she
will let you know if she
showed me that Maggie can pick herself up and move on, she is no longer a baby and I need to let her sometimes fall, physical or emotional.
"When I told Bobby that Mary Ann
was going to retire, he
asked me, "Who is gonna teach people how to be good parents now?
- Jane Stanger
Please join us as we celebrate Mary Ann's career as a parent educator at Dayton's Bluff E.C.F.E.
on Tuesday, June 10th from 5:30 to 7:30.
The event will be held in the Dayton's
Bluff Rec Center
"I hope it's seen as a celebration of the whole - of all the people who have played a role in this program.
- Mary Ann Cogelow