About Harvest Resources Early Childhood Education Training

Margie, Deb, Wendy, and Debbie are booking into 2018 for multiple-day Reflective Practices Institutes, but may have availability for program consultation before then.  For information on our availability for these services, please contact us at info@ecetrainers.com. Harvest Resources is continuing to add new training associates who may be available for keynote speaking, workshops, and other training formats.
Photograph of Margie Carter

MARGIE CARTER has been a preschool and kindergarten teacher, a child care director and college faculty. Margie is the producer of a number of early childhood training videos and has co-authored seven books with Deb Curtis. You will find her regular training column in Child Care Exchange. After over a decade of traveling to consult and speak, Margie is accepting very few requests these days and will concentrate on mentoring new leaders and writing projects. As a co-founder of Harvest Resources, Margie is thrilled to recommend our associates for your professional development inquiries. You can reach her at margie@ecetrainers.com.

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DEB CURTIS Deb Curtis has been in the field of early childhood education for a very long time in a variety of settings as a teacher of children and adults. She is interested in consulting with programs to help grow reflective practices among teachers, and is open to go anywhere where she can do onsite work with teachers. This involves spending time with children and their teachers to observe closely, collect the details that capture our hearts and minds and then study together the complex process of teaching and learning. You might also persuade Deb to lead a workshop or seminar with some of her associates if it is a part of a larger project or consultation to support reflective teaching in your organization or community. Her ongoing passions involve collecting materials and creating environments that invite complex learning and marveling about infants and toddlers with their teachers and families. You can contact Deb at deb@ecetrainers.com.

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WENDY CIVIDANES As a former preschool and school age teacher Wendy has over 25 years of experience working with young children and families. For over 15 years Wendy was an administrator for a large non-profit child care program where she worked with a staff of 35 and 175 families. Wendy currently works as a training specialist and consultant for a variety of preschool and school age programs throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area. A particular area of interest for Wendy is working with staff and administrators to design structures and supports for reflective professional development. Other training interests include cultural sensitivity, teambuilding, partnering with families, and staff coaching and mentorship. Wendy received her BA and MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She is willing to travel outside of the DC metro area for full-day or multiple day trainings and/or consultations; she can be reached at wendy@ecetrainers.com.

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DEBBIE LEBO has over 25 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings: as an infant/toddler and early childhood educator, a hospital child life specialist, and a child care director. She also helped launch a child development program serving low income single parent families, and was a preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator there for 5 years. She holds a B.S. in child development and an M.A. in human development, and has completed several years of doctoral study on reflective teaching and learning in early childhood education. In addition to topics around reflective practices, her training interests include pedagogical documentation (observing and studying children's development and learning), culturally responsive curriculum, working with families, facilitating adult learning, teambuilding and communication, and visionary leadership. She is available for training and consulting in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is willing to travel out of the area for full-day or multiple day trainings and/or consultation. Debbie can be reached at DLebo@ecetrainers.com.

living in the expansiveness of air

we are the timeline
created in generosity
a sisterhood of purpose
created in the powerful act
of saying yes

yes to possibility & protocol
yes to intention alongside joy

we are the timeline
holding complexity side by side
with a focus, clarity revealing voice

stepping out from this place
to do the work
we feel in our bones

to do the work
that is our gift

by Kelly Matthews

Meet Our Associates:

The Harvest Resources Associates listed below have engaged in learning with us in a community of practice for several years. They come from all over North America, and each in her own way embraces and works with the core values and pedagogy we stand for. They are experienced early childhood leaders in their own communities and facilitators in our Reflective Institutes. All bring unique perspective and expertise to our field. We recommend you contact any of them for your training and consulting needs.

CHRISTINA AUBEL has worked with children and families for thirty years. She is the Mentor Teacher in the Infant/Toddler wing of the Educare Early Learning Center, Seattle, WA. She taught preschool children, infants and toddlers, and was an education coordinator. She taught in a Reggio Emilia inspired school and was a consultant specializing in teaching through the arts. She is inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach to early learning and participated in the 2007 study-tour in Italy. Christina offers a workshop titled Relationships: Art-Nature-Children about the power of color, drawing, clay, and nature. This workshop focuses on the significance of taking time with the process of making art, how this honors individual learning styles, develops creativity and critical thinking. She also offers The Art of Placement: Creating Meaningful Learning Environments about how classroom design impacts learning. This workshop concentrates on designing environments that invite collaboration and communication. She earned an M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction: Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA and earned a BA Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the University of Washington, Seattle. Located in the Pacific Northwest she will travel to other areas as a keynote/conference speaker or workshop facilitator. Contact: caubel@comcast.net

LORRIE BAIRD has been actively working in the early learning field for 30 years. Her experience ranges from Classroom Educator, Director, College Faculty, Curriculum Consultant and now Pedagogical Leader and Associate Executive Director with Kawartha Child Care Services in Peterborough, Ontario. Lorrie has immersed herself in the early learning field strengthening her understanding of the teaching and learning process. As a pedagogical leader and professional learning facilitator she believes in engaging educators in reflective practice and ensuring that our work in adult learning parallels that which we want to foster with children. Deeply rooted in a social constructivist approach, her practice is to engage early learning professionals in opportunities to reflect and think together about their work. Lorrie is a sought-after presenter and has traveled widely across North America sharing her experiences and passion for early learning. She is willing to travel outside of Canada. As a leader in the Province of Ontario, Lorrie is a co-author of the Ministry of Education’s “Think, Feel, Act: Lessons From Research About Young Children”, and was among the team nominated for the 2014 Prix Realm award for this document. In addition Lorrie has been nominated for the Premier Award in 2014. Contact Lorrie at lbaird@kawarthachildcare.com.

KASONDRA BROWN is currently a Mentor Consultant/Trainer representing two non-profit agencies in Houston, Texas. In her multi-faceted work, she provides practical assistance to providers by means of side-by-side coaching and conference trainings for a broad range of learning communities. Kasondra has been in the field of early education for over 22 years. She has an extensive background in classroom teaching with infants and toddlers. Additionally, her experience includes her role as Adjunct Faculty Member in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a skillful trainer who regularly presents at local and national conferences. She uses her research in the principles of Reggio Emilia as a framework in the area of professional development. Kasondra is a published author for both Young Children and Child Care Exchange magazines. Her passion for the needs and care of children and families continues to drive her work, goals, and talents. Kasondra can be contacted at brownkasondra@yahoo.com.

KIMBERLY COTHRAN has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years as a school-age group worker, preschool teacher, and as an education and disabilities specialist. In her current role as Site Director for Chicago Commons Child Development Program, Kimberly assists the Vice President of Education and Program Operations in the evaluation of Head Start performance standards; carries out goals, policies, and parent engagement; and designs activities to meet and implement educational objectives for children ages 0-5. Kimberly is also a published author for Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange Innovations Publications; her article, "Constructing an Image of the Teacher," illustrates her experiences as an educator inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. Kimberly holds a Master of Education degree. Contact her at kimhud37@yahoo.com.

Anne Marie Coughlin

ANNE MARIE COUGHLIN is the Professional Development Coordinator and Program Director at London Bridge Child Care Services in London, Ontario, Canada. Over her 25 year career, she has been a Preschool Educator, Centre Director, Professional Development Coordinator, and Community College Teacher. For the past ten years she has been a Director of Program at one of the largest Child Care Organizations in Ontario and has been instrumental in developing several innovative professional development initiatives including an 18 month Leadership Development Program. She currently serves as a Director on the Ontario Reggio Association Board and is Provincial Director for the Canadian Association of Young Children. Anne Marie is an accomplished, passionate speaker who is known for her innovative work with Early Childhood Educators and her inspiring vision. Anne Marie works as a Mentor for both classroom Educators and program leaders, exploring ways to work with and think about both children's and adult learning. She has been developing and facilitating workshops and training sessions for Early Childhood Professionals and students for more than 15 years and regularly speaks at conferences, colleges, community events, and professional associations throughout Canada and the US on topics ranging from curriculum and leadership development to personal wellness. She can be reached at annemarie.coughlin@londonbridge.com

ELIANA ELIAS has been working as an educator for the past 25 years. In her early 20’s, she worked as a teacher in her home country, Brazil, before moving to the US to attend graduate school at Mills College, in Oakland, CA. For 10 years, she became an instructor at Mills College Children’s School, a laboratory school dedicated to teacher development where she experienced first hand the power of a learner-centered philosophy. For the past 9 years, Eliana has had the opportunity to work as a consultant and a college instructor. It is with great respect that she approaches her work with teachers, families and children. She has been serving many programs, providing them with opportunities to re-think their practices, identify challenges, and craft site-specific strategies that support the development of learning communities. Eliana’s areas of interest are broad and include cultural competency, dual language learners, social and emotional development, curriculum development, professional development and equity issues. If you would like to discuss possibilities for consultation with Eliana, please contact her at ElianaElias@comcast.net. Eliana lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. She speaks English, Portuguese and is working hard at improving her Spanish.

SARAH FELSTINER is the Curriculum Director at Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle, Washington, where she has worked since 1995 as a classroom teacher and administrator. Sarah has over 25 years experience in early childhood classrooms, and degrees in Psychology and Human Development from Yale University and Pacific Oaks College. Through Hilltop's professional development Institute, Sarah oversees a Discussion Series, study tours, and consultation services offered by Hilltop faculty and colleagues. Sarah's particular passions include: emergent curriculum, family engagement, pedagogical documentation, teacher leadership, and values-based administration. Sarah enjoys supporting educators and their programs in their growth toward reflective practice and child-directed work by sharing real stories of emergent curriculum in action. Sarah offers trainings locally or by Skype, and travels outside the Seattle area for full-day or multiple day trainings or consultation. You can contact Sarah at sarah@hilltopcc.org and learn more about Hilltop's offerings and events at www.hilltopcc.org.

SANJUANA FRANK has been in the field of early childhood education since 1995. She worked as a preschool substitute in public schools and as a teacher in a child care center serving infants to school age children. She also worked for five years as director in a child care center for abused children. Currently, she is a consultant with a program in the Houston, TX area. As a consultant, she works side by side with teachers to help them become reflective about their teaching. “If you make a difference in a teacher’s life, you will make a difference in a child’s life.” Sanjuana speaks both English and Spanish. She can be reached at cjuany@yahoo.com.

NADIA JABONETA is a preschool teacher at Pacific Primary in San Francisco, California, and also does some consulting work with First 5 San Francisco. She was born and raised in San Francisco and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She now resides close to her hometown of San Francisco with her husband and 2 children. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 16 years, as a teacher, course instructor, mentor and consultant. She has worked at Pacific Primary as a lead teacher for 6 years and before that worked at a campus based early childhood education center. One of her passions is creating inviting, supportive, home-like learning environments where a wide variety of real-life objects, natural materials, recycled and re-purposed materials are available to the children. She is able to use this passion in her work as a consultant with First Five SF's Preschool Makeover Team. She is dedicated and passionate about her own continued growth and professional development in the ECE field and considers herself a life-long learner. You can contact Nadia at njaboneta@gmail.com.

As an early education consultant, IJUMAA JORDAN focuses on reflective practice, culturally relevant teaching, and developing anti-bias curriculum for young children and adults. Inspired by Harvest Resources, much of her work with teachers and administrators happens by facilitating professional development in a “community of practice” model that promotes reflective teaching practices and leadership. She also enables organizations in creating their own communities of practice and provides on-going development and support for facilitators. Through workshops and one-on-one mentoring, Ijumaa brings more than twenty years of teaching in early education and directing. With a strong belief in the value of a play-based and emergent curriculum, Ijumaa brings her skills and experiences as a teacher, leader, and mentor to her keynote presentations and workshops. Learn more by visiting Ijumaajordan.com.

IJUMAA JORDAN AND KELLY MATTHEWS bring a dynamic partnership to their work with topics as diverse as Pedagogical Leadership; Observation and Documentation; and Meaningful Reflective Practice, among others. Jordan and Matthews joyfully model the values of Harvest Resources by supporting multiple perspectives and the co-creation of knowledge in their joint sessions. Intellectually engaging as well as highly participatory, these Harvest Resources Associates understand that educators and administrators alike value professional development that is useful as well as thoughtful. Both Ijumaa and Kelly have earned their MA (Human Development) at Pacific Oaks College and are proud of this education, grounded in social justice.

KELLY MATTHEWS  has worked in a variety of early education and advocacy settings for over 20 years, from owning her own family child care business to working as a lead teacher in a bilingual (English – Arabic) Head Start classroom. Kelly earned her MA (Human Development) at Pacific Oaks College, with dual specializations in Leadership in Education and Human Services [sub-specialization: Teaching Adults] and Early Childhood Education. She is exceptionally proud of this learning, grounded in social justice and meaningful, contextualized practice. Brought back by popular demand in several locations, it is clear that Kelly’s strength lies in creating engaging professional development that invites educators to fully bring their voices and experiences to the learning. Areas of interest for Kelly are building strong relationships among families, children, and staff; practicing perspective-taking as a teacher disposition; reflective practices; and positive guidance. Contact Kelly at APlaceForYouConsult@yahoo.com to discuss trainings, keynotes, staff development and other learning opportunities available. Descriptions of some of Kelly's workshop topics can be found by clicking here and her website can be found at aplaceforyouconsulting.com. Currently living in Oshkosh WI, Kelly is willing to travel wherever this joyful work takes her.

KAMISHA L. MORRISON  has been working with young children for more than a decade in various capacities. Currently residing in Chicago, IL and working as a preschool educator at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, she holds a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College and a B.S. in Graphic Design from Florida A&M University. She is largely influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, their support of children’s infinite languages, and their use of materials and environment as third teacher. Additionally, she is a certified children’s yoga teacher and advocate for the physical, mental, and emotional health of children, educators, and families; believing an emphasis on mind, body, and spirit alliance serves individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Her areas of interest are environment layout particularly as it relates to classroom management, materials, and relationship building; documentation, reflective practices, and children’s yoga and mindfulness. She is available for local and out of the area consultation, workshops, and trainings. She can be reached at Kamisha.lucille@gmail.com.

ALISSA MWENELUPEMBE  has been in the early childhood field for 13 years. What started out as a part time college job has blossomed into passion for working with teachers, children, and their families. Having worked in all facets of early childhood education from teacher to director to quality improvement mentor, Alissa has a deep understanding of the challenges this field presents as well as the possibilities it offers. After spending the majority of her career leading early childhood programs, Alissa took a leap of faith and went back into the classroom. She currently works as an Infant and Toddler Teacher in a Migrant Head Start program located in Western Kentucky. Alissa is very interested in the role of culture in early childhood programs and finds great joy in helping to transform programs using pedagogical leadership practices. You can reach Alissa at alissa.mwenelupembe@yahoo.com for training, consulting, or presentations.

KRISTIE L. NORWOOD has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University. Kristie has worked in the classroom as well as in case management and administration. Whatever the position, her strong commitment to every family has remained consistent. She has been deeply inspired by the practices and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach and traveled to Reggio Emilia Italy in 1998 as part of the North American Study Tour Group. Since that time she has been a presenter both nationally and internationally. Kristie currently works to support teachers in reflective practices and professional development. Her areas of interest include reflective practices specifically in the area of observation/documentation/planning, innovative leadership, use of materials and learning environments, and fostering meaningful relationships between teacher/child/parent/community. She can be reached at kristienorwood29@gmail.com for training, consultation and presentations.

ANN PELO is a teacher educator, program consultant, and author whose primary work focuses on reflective pedagogical practice, social justice and ecological teaching and learning, and the art of mentoring. Her work is anchored by a commitment to the right of educators to be intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually engaged by their work. She comes together with educators in real space and in cyberspace for on-going learning about and experimentation with the practice of teacher research and the pedagogical practices and organizational structures that support inquiry. Ann’s offerings to educators are organized around invitations for action and reflection, inwardness and collaboration, and utilize the power of story to bring us into deeper understanding and new questions. She relishes opportunities for sustained engagement with early childhood programs, and enjoys working with communities for multi-day institutes and retreats. Ann is nourished by teachers' commitment to growth and challenge, by children's potent capacity for questions, and by families' deep commitment to their children. She is the author of five books, including The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children (2013). You can reach Ann at annpelo@msn.com.

KENDRA PELOJOAQUIN  is a consultant and a pedagogista at Peabody Terrace Children's Center in Cambridge Massachusetts. She works in and out of classrooms with teachers and other leaders individually, in teams and center-wide to help them clarify their intentions and improve their work together. Kendra is fascinated by how individuals create and store organizational knowledge and the genius of groups. She designs workshops and other experiences that feature play, inquiry and story-telling in collaboration with learners. Anti-bias, emergent, play-based curricula, and assessment and documentation that serve children, teachers and families are at the center of any project she undertakes. Kendra has some availability each year to consult with leadership and teachers, to present to groups, and to develop workshops or professional development plans. Feel free to contact her at kpelojoaquin@gmail.com to discuss half or full day engagements, keynotes, and short or long term consulting in person or online.

VALERIE RAJOTTE began working with children in a camp program for children with cerebral palsy. What began as a summer job grew into a 24 year career in early education. She has spent the majority of her career working for Montgomery Child Care Association (MCCA), the largest private nonprofit child care association in Maryland. At MCCA she has held several positions including classroom teacher and center director, and is currently the Education Director and a Training Specialist. She earned her Undergraduate Degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Master’s Degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College. She believes reflective practice enhances our professional development in a contextually meaningful way. Valerie has long held the opinion that learning is only as relevant as we are able to relate it to our lives. Taking time to reflect on what you know, considering new ideas and finding the connections to daily practice is essential in our professional and personal development. Our deeper understanding of children, families, and coworkers allows us to develop reciprocal relationships that enhance the work we engage in together. She enjoys training on a variety of topics and is available in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is willing to travel out of the area for full-day or multiple day trainings and/or consultation. She can be reached by email at rajottev@gmail.com.

KELLY RAMSEY began her work with children and families 1984 as a teacher assistant in a Montessori program. Since that time, Kelly has had the opportunity to work with children and families in various roles from classroom teacher to college instructor. She currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband and two young children. As a life-long learner, Kelly believes that self-discovery and personal reflection are key to creating rich learning environments for adults and children. She has a strong interest in the family unit and its strength in nurturing children’s development. As the owner of Developing People, Inc. (www.developpeople.org), Kelly creates learning opportunities for adults that evoke passion and create new paths for learning. Kelly is a storyteller who shares real experiences from her years as a preschool teacher, center director and mother of two amazing young children. She fosters a welcoming environment for all types of learners, embracing the experiences of each individual, and challenging the learner by creating rich dialogue that carries our experiences from theory to practice. Kelly is an experienced presenter and workshop leader in the areas of early childhood classrooms, relationship development, parenting, classroom management, and adult/child interaction. She is available for keynote addresses, workshops, staff development, and center consultation, and can be contacted for scheduling at developpeople@hotmail.com.

RUKIA ROGERS has worked with young children and their families for over 20 years in a number of ways, including work as preschool & toddler teacher and most recently as an atelierista or studio teacher. Rukia is deeply committed to improving the quality of education accessible to all children. She has helped to forge an on-going collaboration with Emory University researching the rights of young children as it pertains to Early Childcare settings in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Rukia has a unique interest in reflective practices especially as it relates to curriculum planning for young children, the role of documentation in early child care centers, building partnerships with families, creating engaging learning environments and using materials as thinking tools. Contact Rukia for training or consultation at rukiamoniquerogers@gmail.com.

BRIAN SILVEIRA Throughout his 30+ year career, Brian has sought out ways to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally in his practice. He began his teaching journey in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in California, teaching children in a center that had a creek running through the playground. Across the street, a stand of pine trees provided endless possibilities for adventure. Brian's class would go outside daily and turn over rocks and logs to unearth new worlds crawling with insects. With each passing season, they would face new challenges and make new discoveries. Even after decades in the field, Brian continues to have a strong interest in outdoor, science, and nature education combined with art exploration. He currently works at Pacific Primary School in San Francisco, bringing that sense of wonder and magic to his work with children growing up in a city. Throughout his career, professional development and mentorship have broadened his focus and continued to challenge his ideas and opinions regarding best practices. Brian credits a great deal of his educational philosophy to Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, whose books and workshops inspired him to look at my practice differently and mindfully. He recently joined The Inspire Study Tour in New Zealand, and has found The Thinking Lens to be a powerful tool in his personal transformation as well as his consultation work with teachers. Brian views teaching as a life-long collaborative process that centers around meaningful play and sees a classroom as a reflection of that vision. You can reach Brian at brian@pacificprimary.org.


What Colleagues and Clients Say About Our Work

"Margie and Deb have taken on and succeeded in the onerous task of translating the complexities of child-centered teaching into a call for action." John Nimmo, Co-author Emergent Curriculum

I just wanted to formally thank you for the fabulous two days you spent with the West Point Child Learning Center staff and families. The feedback from our liaison, staff, and families has been wonderful." Debbie Hoppy, Director

"How grateful I feel that you chose to come here and work with us. I recognize that the level of skill you bring to something like this is as good as it gets, and that this skill is the result of your own intelligence, hard work, and investment of time and energy in growing and learn." Holly Veldhuis, Director

"Your workshops have validated and fed my own work as a teacher, director, and trainer. I was getting discouraged, running out of steam, and doubting the teaching I was doing. Your energy and insights have been a real source of strength." Kate Thegen, Teacher Educator

"Thank you for your stimulating and engaging presentation. It was very helpful having adult learning styles presented to us. Sample documentation and the resources you brought were also very helpful. But, mostly, sharing your vision of how early childhood education should look was both inspiring and validating. Thanks for your leadership." Penny Berrien, Parent Preschool

"Wherever I go these days, I'm still basking in the glow of your Connecticut conference. People who attended constantly comment on the impact of the conference and it's so much fun to hear how they're taking your ideas to heart, mind, and work. Using "home" rather than "school" as the model for child care shuffled some thought processes and people are moving fast to warm-up their centers. Thank you again for driving this message "home" with your characteristic energy, passion, and conviction. They got it!" Jean Berkwit, Teacher Educator

Partial List of Clients

- Reggio Emilia Provocations, Auckland, New Zealand
- GeoKids, Menlo Park, CA
- Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Dallas, PA
- Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
- United Way Bright Beginnings, Houston Texas
- Educare Colorado, Denver Colorado
- McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership, National-Louis University, Wheeling, Illinois
- Action for Children, Columbus, Ohio
- PA Key, Harrisburgh, PA
- Child Day Care Association, St. Louis, Missouri
- Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Largo, Florida
- Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C), Madison, Wisconsin
- Oregon Association of Child Care Directors, McMinnville, Oregon
- Cambridge Community Partnership, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- New Hampshire Technical Institute,, Concord, NH
- SW Human Development, Phoenix, Arizona
- US Army Child Development Centers, Heidelberg, Germany
- Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio
- Manitoba Child Care Asociation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Montgomery Child Care Association, Wheaton, Maryland
- Lady Gowrie Centres, Sydney, Australia
- Acorn Collaborative, Toronto, Ontario
- Association for Young Children, Atlanta Georgia
- JCC Child Care Centers, New York, New York
- Evergreen Community School, Santa Monica, California
- Neighborhood House Association Head Start, San Diego, California