Dr. Brown completed her doctorate in Early Childhood/ Curriculum and Instruction at Teachers College, Columbia University, followed by Post-Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College of Education. She earned her M.Ed. in Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.S. in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Special Education, at Bank Street College. Dr. Brown received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Parsons School of Design/ The New School. Her expertise is in early childhood curriculum, child development, and the arts in early childhood education.
During her career of forty-two years, Dr. Brown has been employed in a range of educational roles with significant and challenging responsibilities. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at FAU, and was Director of the Toppel Family Early Childhood Education Institute until August 2011. Prior to coming to FAU, Dr. Brown was the Dean of the Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle in New York, where she had been a tenured Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education for ten years. Since 1997, Dr. Brown has been a United Nations Representative in New York for the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and she has worked extensively with the NGO Committee on UNICEF. In that capacity, she has been in several leadership roles involving international policy and advocacy for children’s rights at the United Nations.
Dr. Brown has designed, developed, and was principal of a preschool for children with speech and language impairments and emotional disturbances, a therapeutic nursery for abused preschool children, and one of the first preschools for children with pediatric AIDS and their families. She has been a national and international professional developer, researcher, educational consultant, and keynote speaker.
Dr. Brown’s research has been about the art and creative writing of hospitalized children, and she has also examined resilience through the eyes of children. At the United Nations, she collaborated with international colleagues on research regarding the implementation of country reports on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Her current research agenda at FAU involves a comparison of the curriculums of faith based early childhood education, and a project to promote interfaith early childhood education. Currently she is writing a book about the new curriculum model she helped to develop at Slattery, FAU’s early childhood lab preschool. She has had projects funded by the Lattner Foundation, the Toppel Institute ($ 3 million) and is currently a collaborator with Family Central on a STEAM-related grant project.
At Slattery, Dr. Brown is the lead curriculum consultant and professor in residence, and she is active in community engagement in the field of early childhood education. She chairs l9ocal and international curriculum related projects at Slattery, and is planning to write an IES grant for research at Slattery. She is an elected member of the Florida State Advisory Council on Early Care and Education where she serves on committees and attends advisory sessions. In her own Department at FAU, she has taken a lead in the development of the new early childhood bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as bringing the program to Belle Glade. As Director of the Toppel Institute, she developed extensive networks of community partners and worked on collaborative grant writing and project development with them, for example a children’s television grant, an early literacy grant, and a dual language grant. Dr Brown also initiated and leads an on-site training program at Slattery for FAU’s pediatric medical students.
Dr. Brown enjoys teaching and writing with students. She believes in creativity and innovation, and she is enthusiastic about the future of early childhood education in the United States and around the world.