At SFL, early childhood education is about developing the “whole child” and as such our resources take into account a child’s social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language & literacy development and approaches to learning to assist in preparation for school readiness, improve their educational outcomes, and lay the foundation for their life-long success.
We are also committed to growing and empowering ECE professionals! We offer support for practical learning and implementation of beneficial strategies in early childhood program settings, that helps programs:
- aspire to and meet high-quality field standards
- effectively care for and educate young children from birth through PreK
- engage in developmentally appropriate hands-on learning through active play
- offer a family friendly environment
- incorporate cultural sensitivity to meet the needs of diverse groups of children and their families.
We support the work of national and state-level ECE organizations through our participation and sponsorship of events hosted by them. We stay relevant in the field by hiring working and recently retired early childhood educators to develop, curate, and refine our content and resources. We embrace inclusive learning - all genders; those from diverse backgrounds, cultures and their varied family structures; offering comprehensive professional development.
Kamna Seth, Senior Director, ECE Initiatives, has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the field of Early Childhood Education working with toddlers & preschool children and in several administrative capacities. Kamna has spearheaded professional development initiatives for early childhood educators over the years. She currently supports the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education’s (VAAEYC) leadership circle and presents at national, state, and regional events. Being a CDA Professional Development Specialist and Pre-K CLASS certified Trainer & Observer keeps her engaged at the early childhood program level.
Amy Josephson, Education Manager, ECE Initiatives, has over 20 years of field practice working with children and families in varied settings including schools, hospitals, community recreation centers, parks and the court system. Amy has several years of experience teaching adult students and continues to also serve as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She is also a member of NAEYC and the Early Childhood Education Peer Group for the Virginia Community College System.
Mari Blaustein, Education Specialist, ECE Initiatives, brings over 30 years of experience in early education working with children in the classroom and mentoring educators in Head Start, center-based programs, and family child care settings. She develops content, curriculum products and serves as a subject matter expert; leads workshops at national, state, and local early childhood conferences; and develops and conducts professional learning for early educators. Mari holds a B.S. from Purdue University and Adult Learning Theory and Methods Certificate from CCWA. She is a member of the NAEYC, ASCD, and a certified CLASS observer and trainer.
Toni Cacace-Beshears has practical classroom and administrative experience in the early childhood education field for over 30 years. She retired as a CEO of an organization serving underprivileged populations. Toni also has extensive experience teaching adult students and continues to teach at Tidewater Community College. Throughout her career Toni has strived to improve the quality of early childhood education and educators by being actively involved in the state level ECE agendas, NAEYC projects and its Virginia State affiliate, VAAEYC. She is a recipient of the 2018 VAAEYC Outstanding Service to Children Award.
Carrie Scruggs has over 25 years of experience working hands-on with young children, their families, and early childhood educators in various early childhood program settings, including faith-based program & Head Start agencies. Carrie offers her expertise to programs with their quality improvement plans, accreditation, and lesson-plan development. She has worked with early childhood educators as a CDA Professional Development Specialist and presented topics relevant to management and classroom instruction in person and online.
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