Staff Spotlight

Michelle Kirkwood
Well-Being Coach

Please give a warm welcome to Michelle.
We are so glad to have her on our team!

Who inspires you professionally or personally?  And why?
My mom inspired me so much and she has left a legacy for my family and me to love and share love unconditionally. She touched so many lives that I never even knew about. She allowed her faith, strength, and love to be projected so mightily even as she battled sickness and transitioning from life. She left me with the strength, courage, and feeling to keep going and not to give up even on my worst days but fight until the end.
Professionally, I’m inspired by all the single mothers who show up and out for their children every day making things happen to reach their goals.

What is your most treasured accomplishment?
One of my most treasured accomplishments would be having raised a child who's in college. I remember having so many days where I doubted decisions like enrolling in college to complete my studies.  I wondered if the timing was right with having parental obligations or duties for three but I’m happy that I made the decision to continue my education and earn a degree.

What do you do to treat yourself?
Usually, I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure and it just seems to soothe my spirits. I do enjoy an awesome smoothie every now and again to help give me a great boost.

What is one thing you cannot do without?
I can’t do without my family. We have experienced a roller coaster of emotions the past few years and just being able to spend quality time with my children has been a necessity in my healing journey as well as theirs. I love the relationship and bond that each of my three children shares with me. They are each unique and different in their own way with their very own individualized love language, which I’m still learning each day.

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

Get the kiddos and join us for storytime during the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month. We'll be sharing children's books that celebrate black history and authors of color.

Our first one premieres TONIGHT at 7:00 pm!
Mae Among the Stars by Rhoda Ahmed
read by Sarah Paul!

Check out what we have for the rest of the month!
At the end of the month, as a treat, we have Arkansas author
Tyneisha Reed reading her book!
February 14:  Dance by Eden Watson and Erin Uchubilo
read by Michelle Kirkwood
19:  I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
read by Allison White
February 24:  I Am Enough by Grace Byers
read by Haley Dunlap
February 28:  I am Princess by Tyneisha Reed
read by the author Tyneisha Reed

Wellness Corner

February is Heart Health Month and we want to share some basic things that you can do to keep your physical self healthy and strong.  The Heart Foundation has tips and strategies for keeping your heart healthy every day. What you eat, how much you move, whether you smoke, and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure are five things that can have a big impact on your heart.

Follow the link below to find out why they’re so important and get practical tips on living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


When: March 2 at 12:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live!
Topic: Nutrition

Join us for Well-Being Wednesday next 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!   

Pre-registration is required.  If the participant must cancel for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. Spots are limited and there may be a waiting list.

Training is provided at no cost to the participants and PDR credit is available.
Information to consider:
  • Credit for the training cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals or for participants who leave early.
  • This is an online training and the expectation is that participants will have the capability to interact and participate using video as well as audio.

Have questions or problems with registering for trainings?
Please contact Deborah at!

Zoom Call with the
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE)

To provide you with information about the COVID-19 public health crisis and to answer child care questions, join the informational Zoom meetings occurring the first Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm.

  • Join via phone: 301-715-8592   ID: 959 5436 3354
  • Join by computer: Click Here    ID: 959 5436 3354

“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.”
—Susan L. Taylor

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