Rae Pica

On a mission to ensure children have the chance to be children and that child development guides all our practices with the little ones.

Rae is an early childhood consultant dedicated to the development and education of the whole child. She is the author of 21 books and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and state health departments, resource and referral agencies, and school districts throughout North America. Internationally known as a speaker, blogger, and online course creator, Rae is most proud of her fierce defense of childhood. Trusted for more than four decades in early childhood education, Rae has been called a gift to educators and a blessing to children and their caretakers.

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Professional development for early childhood educators

When you engage in professional development to expand your skills, you also inspire and motivate! As others see your desire to keep learning, it sends the message that none of us is ever done learning. When you then live what you’ve learned, you contribute not only to yourself but also to the children and to the field.

Gone are the days when you had to travel by car or plane to get your professional development. Learning virtually means you can even experience “PD in your PJs!” With Rae’s online offerings, you will

  • Have lifetime access.
  • Have more flexibility.
  • Learn at own pace.
  • Receive a certificate of completion.
  • Save money!
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Join rae as she explores the possibilities for a world in which the whole child is recognized, respected, and taught — and where children experience childhood as it was meant to be!


Rae is the award-winning author of 22 books written for early childhood professionals and parents. From the Moving & Learning series to the bestselling What If Everybody Understood Child Development?, all of Rae’s books are intended to improve the lives of teachers and children.

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Do you teach or parent young children? Are you looking for a gift for a coworker or favorite teacher? Educate and advocate in a playful way with these tees, totes, mugs, and more!

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“I shouldn’t have to defend play for children any more than I should have to defend their eating, sleeping, and breathing!”

Early Childhood Education Consultant | Author
Keynote Speaker | Online Educator
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