How many years have you worked with children?

In general, 40 years.  But in a professional setting, I have worked with children for 19.5 years.

What brought you to work with children?  Have you always wanted to or did it just happen?

The short story is children have always been my passion. It’s like I have this secret code with them.  I will walk in somewhere and immediately kids come to me. I wink at them or smile at them, and they always get the biggest smile on their faces.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to watch my sons play sports (ANY sport). We are a very competitive family, so whatever we are playing, we are out to win!

What is your most treasured accomplishment?

My children.  They are very good people, and I am so proud.

What is your favorite thing about working with children?

They are so honest, and I am honest, so it works really well!

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

I have had several. I have the same moment, every day, when I start down the stairs and the kids immediately run to me.  They genuinely love me, I genuinely love them, and no one can ever be loved too much! Not everyone gets to experience that kind of love, and they especially don’t get to experience it daily.

Do you have any dreams or aspirations you want to share?
I’m pretty fulfilled.  I have dreams that all of my children growing better people because we have crossed paths, because I know I am a better person because they have crossed mine.  Each child has brought something different too my life, and I am thankful for that.

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

Wellness Corner

Being Intentional in the New Year!

As I approached the end of last year, I knew with hustle and bustle of everything, I had to do something. It's so easy to get lost and overwhelmed with everything there is to do.  So I made myself a promise to be more intentional, especially with my time. 

I've carried that over into the new year.  I'm not much of one for resolutions, but this is one I plan to keep.  

If you want to join me this year in being more intentional, here are a four tips (and a bonus) to get started!

  1. Identify your values.  What's important to you? What do you want your focus to be? That will help elminate things that may distract you.

  2. Set your intentions and review them regularly. Choose a time to think about your intentions on a regular basis, even daily!  Start your morning with a reflection or meditation on what is important for you to focus on that day.  Or close out your day thinking about what you've accomplished and what you can work on tomorrow. 

  3. The art of singletasking. Our minds aren't built to truly multitask and that divided focus has a cost.  Imagine all you can accomplish if you focus your time and energy on one thing and do it well!  That is the power of singletasking. 

  4. Give yourself a break. Be sure you are making time for yourself to recharge. Rest is an essential part of productivity. 

Bonus tip! - Get an accountability partner.  Someone you can share your successes with and someone who can cheer you one when things get tough!

Highlights from the DCCECE Provider Call
January 3, 2023

Empowerment Minimum Licensing Intent Training: 

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 (6:30pm-8:30pm) 
  • Programs should contact their licensing specialist to pre-register and receive the Zoom link
  • PDR Training Credit provided

Monthly Background Check Training: 
Financial Assistance Programs: 
  • Sustainability Grant- Payments will be processed next week. Payments will take 10 to 14 days to process after being submitted by DCCECE.
  • Maintenance Payments (previously called Bonus Grant)- Not all maintenance grants will be funded. Maintenance grants will be funded based on first come first serve until funding is exhausted.
  • Essential Worker Vouchers- DCCECE is asking providers to bill for all essential worker vouchers by the end of January.
  • Regular Child Care Assistance 
  • All ARPA grant funding should be spent by 9/30/23

Better Beginnings 

Next DCCECE Provider Call: February 7, 2023

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


Save the Date for Well-being Wednesdays! Join us for Well-Being Wednesday January 4, 2023 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!

“When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story.”
John C. Maxwell

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