Dr. Patricia Vardin is Program Director and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Manhattanville College where she teaches graduate courses in child development, assessment, curriculum, and teaching strategies. From 2010-2015, she co-directed six annual early childhood conferences at Manhattanville. Dr. Vardin is also the Past-President of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and one of the co-founders of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. In 2004, she authored a highly successful early childhood program, STARS, a comprehensive, standards aligned early education model implemented in New York City at the Ascension School, Mt. Carmel/Holy Rosary School and the Good Shepherd School. She also developed and implemented Bright Little Stars, a program for toddlers and their parents. In 2005, Dr. Vardin designed ChildChart, an innovative software assessment system used to monitor the individual progress of young children. In 2012, she published a DVD entitled Highly Successful Strategies to Guide Young Children’s Behavior with Educational Activities, Inc. Dr.Vardin has written articles and spoken at international, national, and local conferences, served as a consultant to educational organizations and businesses, is a guest expert for the media and has written an education blog. She has many years of experience working with young children, students, teachers, parents, and administrators and has been a member of numerous educational organizations and served on boards devoted to the education and welfare of young children.