Sally Tannen is in her 17th year as director of 92Y’s groundbreaking Parenting Center — the first of its kind in the nation, and a resource for more than 1,400 New York City families. Sally directs the Parenting Center’s activities, oversees its programs and day-to-day operations, leads the weekly New Parent Get-Togethers, and regularly meets with parents, offering advice and support on topics from infant development to choosing a nursery school. Among the new initiatives she has introduced are the popular year-long separation programs 2s Together and 3s Together. In 2017, Sally launched the Grandparents Center, furthering 92Y’s commitment to supporting families at every age and stage. She writes the monthly column, “Ask Sally” for the bi-monthly magazine New York Family and for newyorkfamily.com. Her newest initiative is a podcast series, to be launched this fall.
Sally has over 40 years of experience in working with parents, guiding them through their concerns and helping them navigate their challenges. Before joining 92Y, Sally held the position of director of admissions at NYC’s Little Red Schoolhouse for nine years. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at the Village Community School, first as a teacher and later as director of admissions. She also served as head of the lower school at St. Luke’s School. Sally has taught in the Early Childhood Department at Kingsborough Community College and led workshops at Bank Street College of Education.
Sally received her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis. She has attended the Reggio Emilia Study Tour in Italy and Brazelton Touchpoints training. Sally has four children and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband in New York City.