Director, 92nd Street Y Goldman Center for Youth & Family
An expert in parenting and early childhood education, Fretta Reitzes has directed 92nd Street Y's educational, enrichment and recreational programs for 7,500 children (infants through adolescents) and families since 1979. She is a director of 92nd Street Y Wonderplay™: Early Childhood Learning, the 2007 initiative that brought together 92Y's vast resources for children ages five and under and their parents. The specific 92Y programs under Fretta's supervision include the groundbreaking Parenting Center, established in 1978 to help new and expectant parents manage their responsibilities, and the 20-year-old Special Needs program, one of the first such efforts to recognize the unique needs of this population. Fretta also oversees the Nursery School, the 92Y After-School, a variety of family activities, summer and after-school community service programs for teens, and 14 day and sleep away camps. She is co-author, with Beth Teitelman, former director of 92Y's Parenting Center, of two books of creative activities for young children: Wonderplay, for infants through age three now in its fourth printing, and Wonderplay, Too, for children aged three to six published in 2007.
Before joining 92Y, Fretta was director of the Park Slope Community School, an early childhood specialist at the Fairfield Teacher Center, and a teacher and early childhood coordinator in the Englewood public school system. A longtime member of the renowned progressive New York synagogue Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, she was among those who led the effort to reimagine the curriculum and goals of the synagogue's Hebrew school and its other learning opportunities for children and families. Fretta is on the board of directors of the Henry Ford Learning Institute, the Claremont Preparatory & Nursery School, and the Aaron School, which specializes in educating autistic children. She is also a member of the advisory board of Family TLC, a resource Website for parents of young children.
Fretta Reitzes holds a B.A. in French and Political Science from Boston University and an M.A. in Education from the Bank Street College of Education. She lives in New York.