How many years have you worked with children?


What brought you to work with children? 

I wanted to be with my own children on campus, so I went to work for the HIPPY program as a home-based educator.

Have you always wanted to, or did it just happen? 

It just happened.  My child was in HIPPY and my home-based educator was going to retire and she wanted to know if I would be interested. I decided to wait another year and stay home.  The next year they had a spot come open and I met with the HIPPY coordinator, and she hired me. 

What are some of your hobbies?

I love going to flea markets and reading

What is your most treasured accomplishment?

Personal:  My children. Professional: Building a preschool from the ground up.

What is your favorite thing about working with children?

You never know what they are going to say.  They keep me laughing. 

What has been the most significant or memorable moment in your job?

We had a HIPPY student who was always so angry, had behavior issues and he was just hard to be around.  The Lion’s Club came in and did vision screenings and he fail it.  Went to the eye doctor and found out he was almost legally blind.  He was able to get vision therapy for a year and half before starting kindergarten.  When he got glasses and his vision was improving, he became the sweetest kid.  He is also very smart.  He is now in 2nd grade, and he still comes to hug me every day. 

Do you have any dreams or aspirations you want to share?

I want to build a birth-5 program that educates children and families.  I want something that will last and improve lives.  Then I want to retire and RV around the country.

If you are an educator and want to share your story,
contact Deborah at!

Calling all Infant and Toddler Educators! 

If you didn't sign up in February, we are offering Critical Competencies again!

Get PDR credit and learn more about how to support early language and literacy development for ages birth through three years!

3 days. 6 sessions. 11 hours. Online.
March 15 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
March 29 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
April 5 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Lunch is 11:00 - 12:00 each day)

To register, go to

Spots are limited and registration closes on March 7th!

Questions? Contact Deborah at

We are looking forward to bringing you new training options. We’d like to find out a little more about what types of professional development and family engagement opportunities early childhood programs need.

Please take this short survey and help guide our decisions so we can best meet your needs and the needs of the families you serve.

Training Survey

Wellness Corner

Love Yourself!

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation describes self-love as 'a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.' 

Check out Luis Mendoza, our guest speaker for Well-Being Wednesday, talk about self-love and why taking the time to show ourselves love is so important!

Share in the comments what self-love means to you and what you do to show yourself some love!

Well-Being Wednesday (Ep. 22): Self-Love

Highlights from the DCCECE Provider Call
February 7, 2023

Check out the slides below from the February DCCECE Provider Call.

Next DCCECE Provider Call: March 7, 2023

If you'd like to learn more, you can watch the meeting on the DCCECE DHS Youtube Channel.

Provider Call Slides


Save the Date for Well-being Wednesdays! Join us for Well-Being Wednesday on the first Wednesday of every month, hosted by Susanna Creed!  For more details and the event itself, be sure to like and follow our Facebook page!

Curricula Concepts Inc. is offering trainings online via Zoom for families and educators!
Go to our Training Calendar to sign up! Have questions or problems with registering for trainings? Contact Deborah at!

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be
and embracing who we are.”

- Brene Brown

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