Today in History: Patty Smith Hill Is Born

| March 27, 2018


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Born March 27, 1876, Patty Smith Hill was an American nursery school, kindergarten teacher, and key founder of the National Association Nursery Education (NANE) which now exists as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She is the sister of Mildred J. Hill, with whom she is credited as cowriting the “Happy Birthday to You” song. A leader in progressive education, Patty developed the Patty Hill blocks, large blocks with which children constructed. She was Professor of Kindergarten Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also served as an administrative member of the Institute of Child Welfare Research.

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