“Nurturing young minds since 1992 and loving it!”
Before becoming an early learning child care provider my background had been in the accounting field for over 10 years at Manufactures Hanover, Chemical Bank and Merrill Lynch.
So, how did I transition into childcare?
One morning as I was watching my 2 year old daughter sitting on my husband’s tummy while watching one of her favorite television shows, thoughts came to my mind about a previous discussion I had with some of my closest friends. We were all working moms trying to balance home life with the many other responsibilities that comes with family life. Some of our concerns was not being able to spend time with our children and having to leave them in overcrowded, unattentive day care or at home with family members who weren't really doing anything signifiicant with them.
It was part of my morning custom to turn and wave goodbye before heading up the street. However, on this particular day as I had turned to wave…. my youngest daughter just gazed back at me as to say "why are you leaving me?" One thing you will learn about me is I am in no way a procrastinator. That doesn't always work out so well for everyone else... especially since I quit my job that very day. Fortunetly, my husband was very supportive (more than likely because he worked nights and could now get some sleep.)
Truthfully it was not a difficult transition for me since I had 3 of my own and was constantly surrounded by family and friends who also had children. From the start, I found it to be a wonderful and rewarding experience because I love being around children.
I continued to care for infants, toddlers and preschool children for the next 12 years. As time passed, I begin to miss the interaction I had with the outside world, and felt it was time to begin connecting with my peers. Therefore plans were made to enter back into the workforce at the end of the school year.
I took on a new role as client service representative and quickly moved into a managerial position at Goldman Sachs’s Wellness Exchange. As I enjoyed working most of the time in my new role there was something lacking. It didn't feel rewarding. The work environment I had left years ago was gone and replaced by people who were always in a rush, who barely smiled, and weren'd dedicated to their professions and companies who weren't dedicated to their employees. Eventually I could feel my own personality changing because of the new environment I was in.
I soon begin making plans for returning to my true passion which was the childcare field where I never stopped smiling.
Being out of the field for a number of years I needed to refresh on what was going on in the world with childcare. I was soon working closely with the Hudson County Child Care referral agency, where they assisted me towards identifying the “Best Practices” in caring for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. They have been instrumental in guiding me in completing my Director's Academy and CDA certifications, and influential in guiding me towards obtaining my degree in early learning childcare.
I have the privilege of meeting new families every year and look forward to having these same children return years later (and they often do) to recall the wonderful experiences they remember while in my care.
I truly love what I do!