Amy M. Hostler (1898-1987)
Memories of her own kindergarten experience motivated Hostler to become a
teacher, but study with Alice Temple convinced her of the importance of the early
childhood years. Hostler was the director of the Western Reserve University day care center
and nursery school; Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Day Nurseries; and trained the first nursery school and kindergarten teachers in Puerto Rico,
where she helped establish public kindergartens and earned the title "Mother of
Puerto Rican Kindergartens." She also held positions as the director of New York
City Works Project Administration nurseries and regional consultant to the W.P.A.
on nursery schools in the Southern states; dean of Mills School for Kindergarten
Teachers and first president of Mills College of Education; president of the National Association for Nursery Education, now known as National Association for
the Education of Young Children; vice-president of the Association for Childhood
Education representing nursery school education; and chairperson of the Teacher
Training Committee, member of the publications committee, co-chairperson New
York City local study conference, and financial consultant all for the Association
for Childhood Education International. She authored numerous articles for parents
and teachers; was president of the U.S. National Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, and vice-president for Brazil, Canada, and America; and, after retirement, worked with the Arizona State Legislature and Arizona State University. Hostler inspired future teachers, worked for international early childhood educational standards, and helped build the foundation for quality day care programs.
|250. ||and Gertrude Bicknell. "Science Experiences in the Nursery School". Childhood Education 8, no. 7 ( March 1932): 342-348. Describes science activities for 2 to 3 1/2year olds and 3 1/2 to 5 year olds at Western Reserve
University under the guidance of Bicknell, who had majored in biology.
Describes in detail the aims of instruction for both groups and highlights
instructional activities and the background and needs of the children.|
|251. || "Establishing Nursery Schools in Puerto Rico". Childhood Education 11,
no. 3 ( December 1934): 131-132. Describes the establishment of nursery
schools on Puerto Rico including details such as scheduling, materials,
activities, and teacher training. The United States office of Education and.
the University of Puerto Rico sponsored the training which Hostler and Emma Harris taught. The course was titled the Emergency Nursery School|