Lisa Murphy, MEd, has been involved with early childhood education for over 30 years, teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Start, kindergarten, private preschools, family child care, parks and recreation centers, group homes, and many child care centers. As the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., Lisa's mission is to assist in the transformation of early childhood education by offering the best workshops and trainings, the most up-to-date materials and resources, and insightful conversations and connections through the power of social media.
"Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered is extraordinary, practical, insightful, and effective. An ideal curriculum text for school district in-service training programs." --The Midwest Book Review
"Tender, completely engaging, honest, real and relevant to the promotion of PLAY. Everyone should put this book in hand and not let it go." --Daniel Hodgins, author of Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child and Get Over It: Relearning Guidance Practices "This is honestly the best book I have read about a child-sensitive curriculum." --Tamar Jacobson, author of Everyone Needs Attention: Helping Young Children Thrive "Very readable and thought-provoking book. . . This very timely book is a must-read for everyone at every level--from newbies in the field to experienced teachers and policymakers." --Jenna Bilmes, author of Beyond Behavior Management, Second Edition "Lisa Murphy is challenging us to reflect on what we really believe about children and how we put those beliefs into action. She knows we are for the challenge to stand up for children and create the environments they deserve. This book is an indispensable guide for us." --Heather Bernt-Santy, podcast host of "That Early Childhood Nerd" "Lisa offers very compelling and engaging arguments as to why it is unacceptable to exclude the concepts of play and child centeredness from our national efforts to build a solid foundation for young children." --Maurice Sykes, author of Doing the Right Thing for Children "Lisa Murphy will help you stand up for children in ways you never imagined. What's more, she'll be by your side, offering unerring, friendly guidance every step of the way. This book is a gem. Absolutely guaranteed to transform your program. I wish all child development books were written by Lisa." --Heather Shumaker, author of It's OK Not to Share and It's OK to Go Up the Slide "Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered is a must-read for anyone interested in creating a child-centered, play-based, relationship-focused early learning environment." --Jeff Johnson, author of Babies in the Rain: Promoting Play, Exploration, and Discovery with Infants and Toddlers