Mission: Welcome to the red broom company– an early childhood training, coaching and consulting shop in Durham, NC.  We are dedicated to contributing to change that honors children’s rights to spend their days actively learning through play, building healthy relationships with friends and teachers and thriving in a safe, loving and joyful childhood. To that end, we offer interactive trainings for teachers, administrators and policymakers as well as consultation to programs and groups. Based on adult learning practices, we offer training that is meaningful, interactive and has on-going opportunities to support the implementation of new ideas. We are a teaching and a learning organization that values change, and respects and cherishes diversity.

 

We are dedicated to contributing to change that honors children’s rights to spend their days actively learning through play, building healthy relationships with friends and teachers and thriving in a safe, loving and joyful childhood. To that end, we offer interactive trainings for teachers, administrators and policymakers as well as consultation to programs and groups. Based on adult learning practices, we offer training that is meaningful, interactive and has on-going opportunities to support the implementation of new ideas. We are a teaching and a learning organization that values change, and respects and cherishes diversity.

It is also our belief that we need a strong and compassionate professional community to effectively advocate for young children, their families and their teachers. We need the shared ideas, common passions and the stories and lessons of our colleagues to sustain and support our field, so we work to create dialogue and community wherever we can. We hope you will feel invited to participate in the conversation!

I learned to be a teacher alongside some of the best at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC. where I ran the afterschool program for preschoolers over 25 years ago. I learned even more as a teacher of 3-5 yr olds in a NAEYC-Accredited, inclusive program for 13 more years. I directed both of these programs as well and learned more than I ever thought I would want to know about administering these unique businesses. And I found my best partners in the parents of the children!

I learned a lot about research –to-practice from working at the National Center for Early Learning and Development, a Department of Education center housed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. And I learned about advocacy and organizing from the best at the Center for the Child Care Workforce where I was a staffmember in the training and resource team.

And Smart Start created opportunities to weave it all together to actually do something concrete to improve child care – for children and for their families and teachers. Here are the lessons in collaboration, systems-change, diversity, policy making, research-to-practice.

I love the richness of my work and the potential power of the changes I get to help people make. I get to smile with children and work alongside my (s)heroes every day –what could be better?!

Affiliations:

I am honored and delighted to be a part of some of the great work happening in NC to improve the lives of young children.

  • founding member of the leadership circle of the Quality Circle, a  professional association of people working to improve the quality of child care and education.
  • member of Early Childhood Collaboration Council and a member of the TA System and Collaboration committee.

Special Qualifications

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