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Miriam Finn Scott

Miriam Finn Scott, a child diagnostician and educator, believed that the key to child development was educating parents as much as children. Scott began working at a roof playground for children in 1898 and a year later shifted her attention to poor and immigrant children at the University Settlement in Manhattan. From 1903–1906 she worked at the Speyer School, an experimental school run by Columbia University’s Teachers College, running clubs and activities for young children and home economics classes for older girls. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in 1903 and went on to graduate studies in educational psychology at Columbia University as well as in Moscow, Berlin, and Zurich. In 1915 she founded the Children’s Garden, a clinic that studied relationships between parents and children and helped parents better support their children’s development. Her books, How to Know Your Child in 1915 and Meeting Your Child’s Problems in 1922, were widely read and translated. For a number of years, she taught adult education at the 92nd Street Y, training parents (and potential parents) to create stable, nurturing families.

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January 6, 1944

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