The field of early education is constantly growing and evolving. It’s our goal to help Wonderschool in-home child care providers develop professionally so they can offer the best care to the children in their programs and achieve their own professional goals.
That’s why we incorporate mentorship from experienced child care providers as well as opportunities for professional development to all of our providers.
The provider-mentor relationship
Working closely with a mentor is a great way to be sure you’re building an intentional and high-quality environment. We connect with experienced individuals and organizations in each community. Mentors work hands-on with Wonderschool providers through a three-step process: from family child care set up, to launching your program, to addressing any questions you may have during your time as a Wonderschool provider.
Meet Wonderschool mentor Terei Baker
Terei works directly with our providers in the Bay Area to help them set up high-quality in-home learning environments. She has more than 31 years of hands-on child care and family support experience. Terei started her career as a preschool teacher. She then opened her own family child care when she had her first child.
After nine years of operating her own program and serving as a Mentor Teacher to other family child care providers, Terei continued her career as a Head Teacher, Director, and Site Supervisor in several Bay Area child care centers. Terei has a BA in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Teaching and is a certified facilitator for The Program for Infant and Toddler Care Home Page (PITC).
In some regions, providers will have access to their own “Terei” while in others, we’ll partner with local agencies to provide these services. For example, our Los Angeles area providers receive mentorship from the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).
See how Wonderschool providers receive support and mentorship in the following video featuring Open Minds Early School:
Opportunities to constantly learn and grow in ECE
We offer local, in-person training to help our providers learn and grow as caregivers and educators. We’ve offered mindfulness training and a literacy workshop for our Bay Area providers in the past, for example. Events like these are free for our providers. We also invite other community members to attend for a small fee.
Once our providers open their programs, we provide $250 per year towards the professional development activity of their choice.
As we grow, we’ll continue to connect educators to local, regional, and national level conferences and professional growth-related opportunities.
Oversight and support from our Head of Early Care and Education, Mia Pritts
All of our providers receive support from Mia, our Head of Early Care and Education. Mia started her career as a preschool teacher and has since taken on leadership positions in the field of early childhood education:
- Mia was one of the first employees at Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC), the organization that Google, Clif Bar, Pixar, Electronic Arts, and other major companies partnered with to start on-campus childcare programs.
- She spent over five years building CCLC’s programs. She oversaw centers that served 700+ children aged six weeks to twelve years and had 200+ staff. Mia grew curricula in each center to include emergent components. She trained and mentored teachers and directors, increased parent and client satisfaction rates, assessed processes and implemented new programs.
- Mia also served as a part time Executive Director of Californians for Quality Early Learning (CQEL), a non-profit child care association serving 1,500 members throughout the state of California.
- Most recently before joining Wonderschool, Mia served as the Program Implementation Director at Early Learning Ventures, a Colorado-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable child care. The organization focuses its efforts on improving the quality of early child care programs offered at the nation’s center- and home-based child care facilities.
- Mia received a BS in Family and Community Services and ECE from Michigan State University and an MA in Educational Psychology and Educational Assessment from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Mia is available as an early care and education resource at any time, whether you need help developing curriculum ideas or working with parents through a tough transition, or anything in between.
Interested in starting your own Wonderschool program? Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.