Dr. Toy -- Stevanne Auerbach, PhD -- has been for many years one of the nation's and world's leading experts on play, toys, and childrens' products. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Auerbach includes educationally-oriented, developmental and skill-building products from the best large and small companies in her annual award programs.
Many parents, teachers and toy buyers refer to Dr. Toy's Guide and rely upon Dr. Toy's guidance in making the best selections among toys and childrens's products for learning, play and fun.
Dr. Toy's Best Products Programs provide a unique, original, copyrighted review of children's products. One program, Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products, was featured in Early Childhood News (1992-93), Family Circle (1986), Parenting Magazine (1987), King Features Syndicate (weekly for 5 years), and every year since 1994 on www.drtoy.com. Dr. Toy's Guide on the Internet is visited by over tens of thousands of visitors per day. Dr. Toy's annual programs include: Best Classic Toys, Best Green Toys, Best Vacation Products, 100 Best Children's Products, and Best Picks. All products listed are products of excellence.
Dr. Auerbach in 1986 founded and served as director of the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the world's first interactive toy museum. More than 50,000 children visited the museum between 1986 and 1990, when the Loma Prieta earthquake forced it to shut its doors. New toys and products, as well as historical collectibles, were a mainstay of this unique "hands on" museum.
Dr. Auerbach, an established speaker, consultant, and author, is trained in child psychology, education, special education, and child development. Dr. Auerbach has a well-earned title, "Dr. Toy", dating to her first assignment with "Creative Playthings" (1968) where she developed its first education marketing program. She approved the first grant for the Children's Television Workshop, "Sesame Street", when she worked for the Commissioner of Education, where she reviewed reading programs throughout the country.
She established the first child care center for the children of federal employees, which has served for the last 30 years as the model for the entire federal government. She planned and developed a national $2.5 million R&D Program in child care for the Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of the President.
Dr. Auerbach has been a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the largest professional organization in early childhood education for more than 25 years, and is a regular speaker at its annual conference and other professional and parent organizations. She is a member of ASJA, Author's Guild, ASTRA, ACA, IPA, ITRA, OMEP, TASP, TIA, and WIT.
Dr. Toy is available for interviews, presentations and in-store book signings (toys, books, children's products, teacher and children's museum stores).