Friends remember longtime leader in early childhood education

Oct. 23, 2021

Friends gathered in Washington D.C. and via Zoom to honor the memory of Dr. Marilyn M. Smith, Ed.D., who died June 24 at age 84. She had served as Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization of early childhood educators, from 1972 to 1998.

Dr. Moore writes: “I was part of a group of people who worked on creating a better world for all young children and their families. Because of Marilyn, Dr. Sue Bredekamp, Dr. Carol Brunson Day and Dr. Barbara Willer and countless others, I believe we can create a better world for every girl and boy.”

The video below opens with “Melody for Marilyn” © Thomas Moore, composed for the occasion by Dr. Moore.