EARLY CHILDHOOD
CONSULTANT
EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSULTANT

My Girls and Me

Overview

Growth in our first five years, it is said, is more rapid than any other time in our lives - a phenomenal pace! Think of it: we learn many basic skills that remain with us over a lifetime; survival skills, such as sucking, chewing, and eating; motor skills, such as grasping, sitting, standing, and walking: all typically learned within the first twelve months of life. In addition to these skills, we learn to talk - from early cries to babble to first words to sentences - communicating internal thoughts and messages to others, making social connections and setting our mark in history.    

From the moment of birth, humans begin developing a sense of belonging. As children gain a sense of belonging, they develop self-esteem and confidence. While feeling supported, loved, cared for and guided in life, children begin to communicate and explore.

My Own Experiences

As an early educator for more than 35 years, I playfully guide children to next levels of development - reaching closer to competence, confidence, and well-being. I enjoy watching children smile at their own accomplishments, imitating models that adults and peers present, initiating their own trials, and learning from errors. The moments of discovery keep me returning to my daily work. At the end of each day, I often feel I have one of the best jobs because I get to play and I relish in the smiles of others.

I collaborate with passionate teams of people, including family members and professionals from other disciplines, such as occupational therapists and mental health personnel, working together to support healthy growth for children. I have been active on several panels developing policies and documents for early childhood care and education in Vermont, including Vermont's Early Learning Standards (VELS).

It truly does take a community to raise our children. They are our youngest citizens. We owe it to them to develop a solid positive beginning for their future.