Jenna Weglarz-Ward has worked in the field of special education and early childhood for the past 18 years in a variety of roles including preschool teacher, childcare provider, early interventionist, literacy tutor, therapeutic recreation staff, and parent. She values family-centered and play-based practice that aims to best support children’s development regardless of ability level. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2001) and Master’s degree in early childhood special education (2003) from the University of Illinois. In her current doctoral work in early childhood special education, her research includes pre-service education, collaboration in early childhood, and recommended practice. Additionally, she conducts workshops on play-based curriculum, building relationships with families, and collaboration in early childhood settings. Ms. Weglarz-Ward assists at the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program and is a provider for the Illinois Training Network through Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRA). She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She is a Project BLEND fellow and NAEYC Lasting Legacy Campaign Scholarship recipient.