Meet Dr. Andrea Miller Emerson

Dr. Andrea Miller Emerson is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Division of Education and Leadership at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. She is the developer of the Project Play Pack take-home play bags targeting preschool children’s Approaches to Learning. The take-home play bag model was derived from extensive work with Dr. Sandra Linder at Clemson University and a series of projects developing play bags to share with Head Start families to support in-home parent-child play with math, social-emotional, or approaches to learning topics.

Andrea lives (and laughs frequently) with her husband, Kyle, and her cat, Zuzu. She brings diverse personal perspectives to early childhood education and care from her father’s Colombian heritage, her mother’s all-American culture from North Texas, her ongoing involvement with an Italian Immersion Program for pre-service teachers in Carpi, Italy, and her extensive international travel. Read more…

A Note from Andrea


The website is intended to give you (visitors) a chance to get to know my interests and my work. I hope we can connect as a result of what you find here. I’m always excited to meet new likeminded teachers, administrators, researchers, and advocates. I’m also happy to share my expertise through tailored learning experiences for adults (parents, teachers, administrators, and the like). read more…

Recent Blog Posts

Parents as First Teachers

R.R.P. Real Responsive Practice: The definition of the word responsive is “reacting quickly and positively”. In the moment, authentically positive responses towards families are paramount to the healthy growth and development of the child. “Students show up with...

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Too Busy to Play

L.L.L.N. Life Long Learner Note: Retaining a respect for play in the lives of children and adults is crucial to great practice with young children. Tales from Higher Education… I am genuinely concerned whenever my undergraduate early childhood education majors display...

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Waiting is Not Easy

Patience is difficult. Managing our reactions, or being patient, is a developing approach to learning skill for young children.  Many families and toddler teachers struggle to address building patience skill building in the heat of a toddler's frustration.  This...

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For Play's Sake

Why is play so important?  Well, for play’s sake!  These blogs are constructive messages regarding the importance of play.

Recipes for Connection

Recipes for connection are springboards for approaches to learning themed adult-child connections.  These blogs provide a theme, materials, and a starting point for fresh playful explorations.

Parent Partnership

Few adults know children better than their parents.  These blog posts honor parents as partners in education.  Let’s work together.

Emergent Early Childhood Issues

Something has come up. These blog posts address a buzz. Let’s talk about a trending early childhood issue.

Say Hello!

Interested in inviting Andrea to speak to your collegues or at your next event? Just want to say hello? Use the contact form to reach Andrea directly, or feel free to use the contact info below.

Andrea Miller Emerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Division of Education and Leadership
Early Childhood Education
Western Oregon University

345 Monmouth Ave N | Monmouth, OR 97361| RWEC 129


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