The SEEDS Network, LLC was created to support early childhood educators, administrators, care providers, advocates, supporters and parents of young children via state of the art resources that will be available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The mission of the SEEDS Network, LLC is to provide early childhood professionals with resources and services that support them in their quest to provide quality care and education to children ages six weeks through age 5. Learn more about us!
While obtaining my Bachelors degree in Psychology & Early Childhood Education at Bay Path College, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children. My student teaching experiences, internships at multiple centers and mentoring under the Director at the Bay Path College Preschool opened my eyes to the important job of an early childhood administrator. It was an honor to accept the position of Director of a growing program ten years ago.
Directing a Child Care/Preschool has given me many wonderful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, parents and staff. I have found joy in taking part in community committees and local government initiatives, State of Connecticut advocacy groups, as well as serving an educational consultant for other programs. Serving in partnership with Manchester Community College students has also proven to be a wonderful experience. Successfully completing the process of accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has taught me how to manage a quality program and has also given me the opportunity to offer advice to fellow programs and assistance through Connecticut’s Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP). One of the most empowering experiences while working in the Early Childhood field has been taking the ConnLEAP course.
That class, combined with my “front-line” early childhood work has given me the courage, imagination, strength, knowledge and drive to continue to improve the industry of Early Childhood Education in a whole new way! Together, Laura and I are excited to offer new and exciting support to our fellow teachers within this critically important field.
My path towards the Early Childhood Education field differs from most. I began my professional career working in Information Technology after graduating from Albany State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in May of 1989. I continued my advanced education by attending the University of Connecticut in the evenings and earned a Masters degree in Business Administration. I progressed in Information Technology for 16 years taking on various roles as a web developer and project manager.
Over the course of those 16 years in Information Technology, I also became deeply involved with my church’s children’s ministry. For several years, I worked as a preschool Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School director. It was here that I felt a connection and a passion to work with young children and a true desire to teach.
In the Fall of 2006, I made the big career switch and became a preschool teacher. For the past 6 years, I have enjoyed teaching classes of 3, 4 and 5 year old children; as well as advancing into the role of Curriculum Coordinator for the school. Our school really embraces implementing the NAEYC standards; and we work diligently to ensure that our curriculum and lesson plans effectively execute those standards as well as the CT Preschool Curriculum Frameworks.
In the Fall of 2008, I had the privilege to participate in the ConnLEAP course (sponsored by the Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative). It was here that I learned about many of the real issues facing Early Childhood Education professionals, and the need to advocate for and support ECE programs. It was this course that sparked both Tressa and I to fund and develop a website that would provide a valuable service to all ECE professionals who are striving to enhance and maintain their quality early childhood programs.
Check out where we’ve been!
The SEEDS Network is available for on-site training sessions for early childhood professionals and “Book and Boogie” children’s events. We have presented at conferences, retreats and schools throughout Connecticut and beyond. Take a look at where we’ve been, and contact us if you would like to have us bring a workshop or training to your location