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Our Community Shares Their Stories

Read stories from providers, families, and others in the community about their experiences with early childhood care and education in the St. Louis region.

Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris is an early childhood education teacher who works for SouthSide Early Childhood Center in St. Louis, MO. Tiffany has been in education for over 17 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and 70 extra credits in early childhood education to become certified, and is now pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood leadership.

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Ms. Veronica

Ms. Veronica

Ms. Veronica is one amazing teacher. I'm a first-time mom and she was very gentle and kind with me when I first dropped my daughter off to daycare and when she went on her first field trip. She loves the children; she always makes sure that they are well taken care of and that Learning Days Day Care Center is a safe and fun learning environment each and every single day. Thanks so much for all you do, Ms. Veronica!

Jamika Ransom

Jamika Ranson

Jamika has been a pillar in the infant classrooms at SouthSide Early Childhood Center since 2018. She is confident in her job as a lead teacher and has mentored other new teachers when they have come on board.

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Doris Leachman

Doris Leachman

Ms. Doris always speaks about the children in her classroom as "her babies." Each and every day she contemplates how she can better teach and reach them as an educator. Even though Ms. Doris suffers from the continuous pain that comes from multiple sclerosis, she arrives at Cornerstone Center for Early Learning with a huge smile on her face!

Tiffie Jackson & Tiniki Long-Steele

Tiffie Jackson & Tiniki Long-Steele

The Hyde Park neighborhood in North St. Louis City is fortunate to have two experienced child care entrepreneurs who contribute greatly to community and family well-being: Ms. Tiffie Jackson, owner/director of Queens and Kings Learning Center, and Ms. Tiniki Long-Steele, owner/director of Kare-A-Lot Child Development Center. Together they have over 30 years in early care and education.

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Lucretia Wilks

Lucretia Wilks

Lucretia is a proud early childhood education advocate that noticed a gap in the system causing low-income area childhood programs to lack education and affordability.

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Alex Stallings

Alex Stallings

Alex was in the very unique position of having a retired early childhood center director for a granny, who cared for both of his older boys when they were infants and toddlers. His mom watches their youngest now. He knows that this is extremely unique and it drives his work for quality centers for all.

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Lanice Dickson

Lanice Dickson

My journey to ECE started in February 2002. I would drop my daughter off at the YWCA Jennings location every morning. Upon dropping her off I would just observe and also interact with the children for a few moments. During this time I was not working so I began to stay longer in the mornings.

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Jamel Bea

Jamel Bea

Jamel’s journey working with children has been extremely rewarding. He initially started by providing transportation for before and after care services. Engaging in daily conversation with the students sparked his interest to assist in the classrooms every chance he got.

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Adesha Armstrong

Adesha Armstrong

Ever since she was a child, Adesha Armstrong has enjoyed caring for and teaching others. As a teenager, she spent her summers babysitting and tutoring children in her community. Once she graduated high school, she began volunteering at the family child care program of a family friend. Her passion for early childhood education grew immensely.

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Adrienne Pennington & Tina Mosley, Co-Founders of S.T.A.R.

Adrienne Pennington & Tina Mosley, Co-Founders of S.T.A.R

For the Early Childhood Educators.
Mrs. Pennington owns and directs a child care center, A Child’s Heart. Mrs. Mosley owns and directs a family child care center, Our Daycare & Learning Center. Both ladies have been in ECE over 25 years.

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