Director, 92nd Street Y Goldman Center for Youth & Family
Fretta Reitzes is the Director of 92Y’s Goldman Center for Youth & Family and the Wonderplay Early Childhood Initiative. She came to 92Y in 1980 as Director of the groundbreaking Parenting Center which quickly became a national model. Additionally she oversees 92Y’s afterschool programs, the Teen Center and the Nesher program for children with special needs. In 2005, Ms. Reitzes launched the Wonderplay Initiative to support the work of early childhood educators and to build a local, national, and global network and community of early childhood professionals. She created 92Y’s annual Wonderplay Conference that brings leading thinkers together with one thousand practitioners for professional development. She established the prestigious Vivian Gussin Paley Annual Award for Early Childhood Excellence, honoring Vivian Paley’s profound influence in the early childhood world while recognizing the work of a deserving classroom teacher. Before coming to 92Y, Ms. Reitzes was a classroom teacher and wrote for First Teacher Magazine. She is the co-author of two parenting books: WonderPlay and WonderPlay Too! (Perseus Press, 1995 and 2005), has written for the Bank Street College of Education’s Occasional Papers Series, and for popular parenting magazines including Parents and American Baby. Her latest book is about Kindergarten and will be published by Teachers College Press in the fall of 2016. She frequently presents at early childhood conferences and sits on the advisory board of several educational institutions including the Henry Ford Learning Institute in Dearborn Michigan and the Leman School in New York City. Ms. Reitzes has a BA degree from Boston University with a major in Music, and an MA degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education.