My husband and I went on many tours and visited great programs throughout the area. But there was always something missing at each program we went to. I wanted and expected so much more for my daughter and ourselves as hard working parents. I wanted and expected the same rich environment that I pushed for daily from my teaching staff. I wanted my child to participate in a setting that allowed her to remain in the same environment for a longer period of time. I wanted her to build strong bonds and attachments to peers and caregivers so that she enjoyed going to school everyday and developed a positive relationship with a school environment. As parents we wanted to really trust and confide in the teacher who would care for her since she was just four months old. After all, this was our biggest accomplishment yet.
My major struggle while searching for childcare was that children were separated by ages. There was a newborn room, one’s room and so on. This is very common for privately owned center based programs and although it too has its pro’s and con’s, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted for her. I also found that most centers used a curriculum created by the director themselves. Again, this has its pro’s and con’s, but I wanted her play to be developed around a curriculum and assessment system that individuated for her needs and aligned with state standards. I wanted the best for her and for us. It was then that I realized I needed to create a program within my community that allowed all children from various economic backgrounds to have equal opportunities and exposure to high quality education that I was use to. And so my search began.
We recently had our second daughter in June of 2015, right before purchasing property here in our home town of North Haven for a Child Development Center. I am now working very hard to create that same atmosphere for my program, staff, children and families that I fell in love with 6 years ago when I began working at Head Start.
I hope to create a space that allows children to create an ongoing love for learning to take with them as they grow throughout their life. I hope to create a space that parents feel welcomed and can trust their child in our care knowing that we will always provide the highest quality of educational services.