The Family Room Co-Founder, Director of Education and Programming
- Infant and Toddler Sleep Expert
- Child Development Specialist
- Parent Educator
- Birth and Postpartum Doula
As the mother of 4, Patience Bleskan supports mothers with both the personal and professional perspective. She has had her own experiences with postpartum depression, loss of community and balancing a career with raising a family. These experiences and her passion for helping others understand children is what drives her life.
Patience spent the majority of her life learning to better understand how children learn, and how adults, teachers and parents, affects who children become. As a toddler she walked around nursing her baby dolls and in high school her final term paper discussed how parents can teach children to make good choices.
As she went out into the world her choice of work was easily made as she became a preschool teacher. Patience continued to work with young children as a teacher while she received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. She wasted no time before continuing her formal education with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado.
While Patience learned a great deal about children and the many theories of development during her schooling, her study of the Reggio Philosophy of Early Childhood Education made the biggest impact in her professional life. The schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy have become the benchmark for high quality education for young children. Patience has attended numerous conferences on the Reggio Approach and was able to study directly with Carla Rinaldi from Reggio in 2002.
After teaching preschool for seven years, Patience Bleskan founded her Parent Education and Coaching Business in 2003. The work began with classes for parents, but has grown to include groups, consulting, preschool training, keynote speaking and doula work. She has now worked with hundreds families from all over the country.
Opening the Family Room is a 15 year old dream the has finally manifest. Patience is ecstatic to be able to expand the support to families and professional through this great space.