About the Mapp Family Foundation

In her role as Program Director, Janice Greenberg introduces exciting innovations to the Learning Language and Loving It Program, including flexible options for program delivery, development of Teacher Talk training, extension of the trainer model to include early childhood education consultants and development of new resources, such as program posters and Teacher Talk workbooks. She also collaborates on research on teacher training with Elaine Weitzman and Luigi Girolametto, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

Janice received her degree in speech pathology from the University of Toronto in 1978. Her connection with The Hanen Centre began in 1981, when she attended an It Takes Two to Talk Workshop and began offering It Takes Two to Talk Programs at what was then called the Ontario Crippled Children’s Centre (currently known as Bloorview Kids Rehab). She then became involved in writing one of the first drafts of the It Takes Two to Talk guidebook and over the next ten years she instructed It Takes Two to Talk Workshops for speech-language pathologists.

In the early 90’s, Janice took a hiatus from Hanen to pursue broader interests in the areas of family support and education. She also trained other professionals to provide responsive, collaborative family-centred services.

In 1998, Janice returned part-time to The Hanen Centre to provide the Learning Language and Loving It Program to child care providers in Toronto. At the same time, she ran a private practice and consulted to a local integrated preschool, where she offered It Takes Two to Talk to the parents and Learning Language and Loving It to the early childhood educators. Janice still recalls the opportunity to train the children’s parents and teachers as one of the most powerful interventions she has been involved in.

In 2000, Janice was offered the position of Program Director for Learning Language and Loving It. One of her first big tasks was to co-author the second edition of the Learning Language and Loving It guidebook (Weitzman & Greenberg, 2002) and revise all the Learning Language and Loving It materials that had been developed by Elaine Weitzman in 1992.

The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi provides communicative and developmental transdisciplinary services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers while educating, training and supporting families, university students and professionals. For more information, visit www.usm.edu/childrenscenter

​The Institute is a perfect opportunity for university students and current professionals to continue their education with evolving teaching methods that can be used immediately upon re-entering the field. 

118 College Dr. #5092
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601.266.5222


The Children's Center Institute would not be possible without the help of the Mapp Family Foundation.  Their mission is to provide financial resources to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations, primarily in Baldwin County, Alabama, but also to areas of South Alabama and Mississippi. They focus primarily on programs which help people and animals at risk or in need due to unfortunate circumstances, neglect, or abuse.

The Mapp Family Foundation values compassionate care and seeks to improve the quality of life of those we are privileged to support.

For more information, visit http://themappfamilyfoundation.org/.

Janice Greenberg, B.Sc., D.S.P., Reg. CASLO

About The Children's Center Institute