Jennifer Young is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies at Ball State University (BSU). With a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and an undergraduate degree in psychology from BSU, she has taught infant and child development courses for the last two decades. As the campus liaison, she coordinates student participation at the Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center where students learn about developmentally appropriate practice through engagement with children in the classrooms. She serves as the college student faculty advisor for the Family and Child Student Organization and participates in initiatives for developing student-based pedagogy. Jennifer is active in community service and currently serves on the local Maternal Mental Health Coalition. During the past year, Jennifer saw an increased need for mental and emotional support for young children and their families. She decided to pursue her interest in practicing play therapy with children and is now studying to obtain a master’s degree in social work (MSW).