Dr. Rene Hackney wears many hats, most notably as wife to husband Troy and mom to beautiful daughters Alicen (11) and Claire (8). She is also “Miss Rene” to preschoolers and “Dr. Rene” to parents, having earned her MA in school psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology. But around here, most know her simply as Rene, a parenting and child development specialist and the founder and creator of Parenting Playgroups – Where Parents Learn and Children Play.
A native Virginian, Rene grew up in Williamsburg and from a very early age knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her love of children and interest in psychology led her to James Madison University for her undergraduate degree and George Mason University for graduate school. As she pursued her education, Rene gained valuable real-life and clinical experience as a preschool teacher at the Country Day School in McLean, VA, as an intern in the Developmental Clinic at the esteemed Children’s National Medical Center, and working for Child Find in the public schools.
In 2004, Rene created Parenting Playgroup’s highly successful Workshops for parents and Programs for children ages 1 to 10 years old. Rene’s practical and balanced approach helps moms and dads learn about options and best practices that lead to happy, healthy children.
Rene is also a much called upon expert who teaches and trains educators and social service providers in the areas of child development. A trusted friend, confidante and colleague, Rene shows her commitment each and every day to the many families enrolled in Parenting Playgroups programs.
Like so many parents, Rene is very involved in her daughter’s activities, from piano and swimming to play dates, life is full in the Hackney home. One of Rene’s great loves is reading and she enjoys sharing this passion with her children. A favorite book from her childhood is Harriet the Spy!
Rene welcomes all parents and children to experience Parenting Playgroups Classes and Workshops…Where Parents Learn and Children Play.