Brandy Smith, M.A., is the Project Coordinator for the National Program for Playground Safety. Brandy coordinates the online training programs and manages the day-to-day operations. Brandy has more than 20 years of early childhood and elementary special education experience, Ms. Smith has a specific passion for the professional development of those that care for and educate children. She has published, presented, and implemented face-to-face trainings that support the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional characteristics of children, including work at the state level with systematic training programs.
Brandy has recently received a doctorate from the University of Northern Iowa in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focused on outdoor environments in early childhood, specifically related the social-emotional development of children during unstructured play times.