April 16, 2013
Senior Program Director, Mind in the Making
“Mind in the Making: Life skills that will help your children reach their fullest potential“
Erin Ramsey is the Senior Program Director for Mind in the Making at Families and Work Institute and is responsible for the overall implementation and development of partnerships for Mind in the Making.
Ms. Ramsey has worked for over 20 years in the early childhood field and began her career as a family child care provider and preschool teacher. She later served for 12 years as Executive Director of 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc., a child care resource and referral agency, where she developed the organization and several programs that were nationally recognized. Ms. Ramsey also served as the director of public relations for a statewide child care resource and referral agency and was the Director of Early Childhood for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, the third largest urban school district in Indiana.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ramsey has served on numerous national, state and local boards and initiatives to increase the awareness of the importance of early childhood education and to improve the quality and accessibility for families, professionals and communities.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Psychology from California State University at Sacramento. She also earned a Master of Science in Public Service from the University of Evansville.
Erin Ramsey is the mother of four children, has been happily married for 21 years, has three dogs and a cat and resides in Evansville, Indiana. She is an experienced public speaker and works to help others see their potential.
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Nature-defecit in children: We recommend the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. Louv’s thesis is that boys and girls today are living in a de-natured environment. The result, Louv suggests, is an emerging “nature-deficit disorder,” a condition that is not unrelated to the attention-deficit disorder so commonly diagnosed among school children in the United States. The urgency of the book for the American populace, and especially for parents, is perhaps best exemplified by a young boy’s response to a question concerning his favorite place to play: “I like to play indoors,” the boy said, “cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”