I have been married to a wonderful husband and active father for over twenty years and we have three children, a teenaged girl, and two elementary-aged boys. My family are active members of the Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic parish. I am interested in container vegetable gardening, camping, home canning, reading and writing. However, being a full-time dayhome provider, a student, and an active parent of three does not leave much time for other activities!
I have been looking after other children in my home since 1997 and have been a full-time dayhome provider affiliated with the Strathcona County Family Dayhome Agency since 2002. I have my Child Care Supervisor (Level 3) certification, a Bow Valley College Early Learning and Child Care diploma, and am 9 credits away from an Early Learning and Child Care diploma at MacEwan University.
Before I began my early learning and childcare career path, I completed a BA and MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Alberta, and reached the all-but-dissertation stage of a Ph.D at the University of Toronto in the same field. That education has left me with a love of literature and a knowledge of children’s literature that I take great joy in sharing with the children in my program.
I, and every adult in my home, must complete regular police checks and child welfare checks for the agency. I maintain a current Red Cross certification in first aid for childcare. Through my agency, I have attended workshops over the past twelve years on subjects as diverse as nutrition, cultural diversity, early literacy, child guidance, preparing for play, art experiences for children, child development screening, food preparation safety, loose parts play, and community resources for families. I also try to attend at least one conference in the field per year and am always on the lookout for more professional development opportunities. Before I became pregnant with my youngest son, I used to do evening and weekend respite care for families in crisis, through my agency and Child and Family Services. This rewarding work gave me experience with children and families in a variety of situations.
To further my early childhood education experience, I was a board member with the BriarPatch Preschool and Family Life Education Centre (a registered charity) from 2001 through 2013, when I left to concentrate on my studies. During this time, I was involved in the process of creating a successful preschool program from the bottom up, including the initial space rental, hiring teachers, financial management, fundraising, event planning, curriculum development and creating bylaws and policies. I volunteered regularly at open houses, parent information nights and in the classroom.