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Preparing for Success: What Parents and Teachers Can Do Collectively to Prepare the Toddlers for Early Childhood?

Maria Eva Chaffin


Toddler Success… It’s what every parent and teacher wants to achieve. But what is success for a toddler; and how do we collectively define and achieve it through parent/teacher collaboration and communication?  This workshop will discuss how a parent/teacher team approach to toddler success can take advantage of the child’s developmental window to achieve increased independence and vocabulary, improved relationship and interaction skills and the all-important potty training milestone.  Achieving toddler success is a team sport…and everyone has to play.


Maria Eva Chaffin

Maria Eva Chaffin is originally from Venezuela. She is married with three boys and two dogs. She is in the process of completing her Doctoral Dissertation in Organizational Leadership. She holds a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Education, a Bachelor’s in Special Education, as well as a Montessori Teacher Certification in early childhood. Maria Eva is the founder of Seeds of Life Montessori Academy and Challenging Children and Montessori, a consultant, and a Faculty member of Sarasota University, where she is a professor in the Montessori Master Program. She has over 21 years of teaching experience and has been in the Montessori field for 10 years. It is her great passion to work with children with special needs and since completing her Montessori training she has fallen in love with the method. With her background and experience, she is convinced that the Montessori method is the best way for children to learn.

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