Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. has for past 40 years been one of the most respected names in the toy industry known as Dr. Toy an expert in child development, education, special education, psychology, parent education, toys and children's products. She selects and evaluates the newest, best, educational, creative and active toys and other products for annual awards programs. Dr Auerbach consults, evaluates, reviews toys and products for Dr. Toy's Guide www.drtoy.com.
Born in New York City, Dr. Auerbach attended Queens College, and was a teacher in New York City, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. After completing an MA at George Washington University, and a Ph.D. at The Union Institute Graduate School she focused on writing, consulting and speaking with emphasis on family issues, child development, parenting, play, toys, childcare and learning
Dr. Auerbach has published 16 books, a children's book, a novel, collection about butterflies, and of poetry, hundreds of articles, was King Syndicated Columnist for 5 years on toys, and also toy expert on magazines such as Parenting, Family Circle, Creative Child and on websites such as Sears Toy Shop, Pearson Education, Club Mom, iparenting, etoys, and many others.
She has made many presentations to parents and professionals, been interviewed by many journalists and authors in the USA and other countries; and interviewed on radio and TV for many years. She lives in Northern California Bay Area, is married, a mother and playful grandmother.
Dr Auerbach worked in Washington DC as a Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, approved the first grant for "Sesame Street," evaluated "Title One Programs," established the first model childcare center for children of employees working for the federal government; testified before a Congressional Committee (1969) on behalf of childcare needs among families of federal, state and local workers; Later, at the Office of Economic Opportunity, she planned the National Childcare R & D Program, and coordinated the Day Care Forum at the White House Conference on Children (1970)
Dr. Auerbach, a long time child care advocate, is the author of many articles, and 16 books on parenting, childcare, and toys including: My Butterfly Collection (2016)The Contest ( 2010) Dr. Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys 4th edition (2015) Published in the USA and 13 countries) ; Toys for a Lifetime (1999 ) The Toy Chest ( 1986 ) The Whole Child ( 1980) Choosing Childcare (1976, 1981, 1991, 2009), Child Care: A Comprehensive Guide (1975-1979), and Confronting the Childcare Crisis (1979) Cross-Cultural Study of Childcare Services (1974) The Alphabet Tree (1985) and Petals-Poetry (1979)