About Dr. Toy Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.

Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., has been for many years one of the nation's leading professionals on children's play and educational toys and related products. Dr. Auerbach relies on 45 years of hands-on experience to select the best educationally oriented, skill building products from both large and small companies for her original, annual award programs. Millions of parents, teachers, and toy buyers around the world use Dr. Toy’s guidance in making their toy selections.

Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/ Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play
Quotient) (Ingram/Lightening Source; Educational Insights; first edition, St. Martin’s Press) is a unique guide to play, child development, and appropriate toys from baby to older children. The book is published in the U.S.A. and China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. Her book Toys for a Lifetime (FAO Schwarz/Rizzoli) focuses on classic toys and future toys. The Toy Chest covers selection criteria, toy history, and includes interviews with over 100 experts in all aspects of the toy industry. She is the author of 15 books for parents, professionals, and children including The Whole Child and Choosing ChildCare. Dr. Toy has written hundreds of articles about play and toys for national and regional magazines, newspapers, and websites, such as Huffington Post, Sears Toy Shop, Pearson Family Education, Club Mom, Parental Wisdom, Toy Directory, and others. She is featured as an expert in many articles and books, sought as a guest speaker, and interviewed on radio and television programs throughout the USA and internationally. Her feature articles appeared in Family Circle (1986), in Parenting Magazine (1987), and in Dr. Toy's Guide at www.drtoy.com, visited daily by thousands. Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide App was released in December 2011. Dr. Toy’s Best Products Award Programs, which provide original, professional reviews of educational and developmentally appropriate products, include Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children's Products, Best Classic Toys, Best Vacation Products, 100 Best Children’s Products, Products of Excellence, Best Picks, Best Green Products, and Best Green Company. Dr. Auerbach, in 1986, founded and directed the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the world’s first interactive toy museum. More than 50,000 children visited and played in this unique hands-on museum between1986 and 1990, when the Loma Prieta

earthquake forced it to shut its doors. New toys for children to play with, as well as learning with the historical collectibles, were a mainstay of this unique museum. Dr. Auerbach, an established speaker, consultant, and author, is trained in child development, psychology, education and special education. Dr. Auerbach’s title, Dr.Toy, is well earned, starting with her first assignment with Creative Playthings, Inc. in 1968 when she developed its first educational marketing program. She approved the first funding grant for the Children's Television Workshop, "Sesame Street,” worked for the Commissioner of Education, and evaluated reading and other Title One Programs at the U.S. Office of Education. She established the first childcare center for the children of federal employees, which, for the more than 40 years, served as the model for the entire federal government. She planned and developed a national $2.5 million R&D Program in childcare for the Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of the President. She helped plan the Day Care Forum for the 1970 White House Conference on Children. She testified on the need for childcare to a congressional committee. She worked on planning the Governor’s Statehouse Conference in Sacramento in 1980. Before working for the federal government, Dr. Auerbach was a teacher and reading specialist in New York, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She was associated with the Arena Stage Living Stage Program bringing theatre skills to the classroom. She produced the first report on the needs for physical education for the developmentally disabled for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, which led to the Special Olympics. She prepared the first booklet “Your Career in the Peace Corps” while working for The American Counseling Association. She earned a BA in Education and Psychology from Queens College (NYC); coursework in guidance, counseling, and child study at the University of Maryland; MA from George Washington University (DC); and Ph.D. In Child Development and Psychology from the Union Institute (Cincinnati, OH). Since completing her doctoral degree she published 15 books on parenting, childcare, toys, and play. Five childcare books were re-released in 2011. Dr. Auerbach has been a member of NAEYC, the largest professional organization in early childhood education for 35 years, speaker at annual conferences, toy industry, professional, and parent organizations events. She has been an active member of ASJA, Author’s Guild, ACA, IPA, ITRA, OMEP, TASP, TIA, ASTRA, and WIT. Dr. Auerbach is a playful grandmother.

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