My career spans over 30 years of providing services to children with special needs. I obtained a Master's Degree in Pre-School Disabilities from Chicago State University in 1978 and a Doctorate in Special Education Administration in 1996 from Illinois State University. I completed my Infant/Toddler Certificate Program at Erikson Institute in 2009.
My interest in early childhood began when I became a grandmother. I decided to open a childcare center in 1997. It was not as simple as I had imagined. However, in 2003, a life long dream of having a childcare center was realized and Stepping Stones Early Childhood Learning Center (SSECLC) was founded. Our center is located in an inner city low-income area and contracts with Chicago Public School Community Partnership Program and Head Start to provide high quality child care services. Both partnerships are ongoing. Providing high-quality childcare in a licensed facility in our community is challenging. Nevertheless, we meet that challenge daily. We are also proud of how our center has grown rapidly and consistently.
In July 2006, we received the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation as well as the Illinois Director's Credential in 2007.
In my limited free time I enjoy traveling, genealogy and collecting international art. My goal is to visit all seven continents. My current projects are:
- Developing a culturally diverse curriculum program for 2-6 year olds
- Establishing an Early Childhood Consulting Program.
- A Community Outreach Program - servicing home child care centers.
Earning the Illinois Director's Credentials highlighted the important task that I have embraced. As an Early Childhood Practitioner, developing strong cognitive and social foundations in our children is essential. Today's preschoolers will impact future generations that will run this global society. This Herculean tasks requires dedicated individuals. I am now one of those individuals.