Our Story

How Amy and Emily Started Work & Play

We began our friendship over 20 years ago in New York City. As young teachers we found a unique kinship in our passion for education, shared experiences and love for our families. Back then and to this day (much to our families’ chagrin), we have daily phone calls that range from minutes to hours, covering the mundane to the momentous. We’ve shared many of life’s biggest milestones, from marriage to motherhood, laughing and strategizing our way through every challenge. And over the years, we’ve spent hundreds of hours talking about our vision for early childhood education.

Our Experience

We both started our careers in the preschool classroom and eventually each made our way back to it. Preschool is not what it was when we began, and it continues to evolve. Whatever the model looks like – from highly structured academics to learning at home – we know and value what is at the heart of it all. Young children are the same no matter the educational circumstance. They are wonder-filled, experiential architects of learning and understanding.

Our Philosophy

We believe that learning is what young children are wired to do. Through play, children do their most profound work. Today, in this moment of unprecedented challenge, we have unique expertise to offer as you struggle to give your young children the learning experience that is right for each of them. We know families. We know young children. And we know how to help. We are here to share profound knowledge of how YOU can help your child learn, be independent, and thrive.


Amy Mockbee

Amy grew up mostly in New Jersey in a big family. She went to Bucknell University for Elementary Education and moved to New York City, where she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Amy taught and lived in NYC for 11 years, including at The Brearley School and Horace Mann School. She and her husband Geoff and three children now live in Westfield, New Jersey, where for the last 12 years she has taught preschool at The Kent Place School. Amy is involved in her community, helps with curriculum development and instruction at her church and served on the board of the nursery school her children attended.

Emily Boucher

Emily grew up in New Jersey. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Rosemont College and a Masters in Education from New York University. She taught both preschool and kindergarten in NYC, including at The Brearley School and The Buckley School. Emily later served as the director of Beginnings Nursery School and as the Associate Director at The Brick Church School. Emily and her family now live in Darien, Connecticut, where she teaches preschool. Emily and her husband Eric have five children. Their oldest is a sophomore in college and the youngest is starting first grade.