Artful Start childcare, training & consulting
To partner with families in nurturing the creative spirit in each child while developing essential early life skills.
Hi there! As someone with over three decades of experience in early childhood, I am thrilled to be able to use my experience and expertise to help your child, family, and/or business. I started my first child care business after the birth of my first child in 1983, and since then have served at the management levels of various child care programs including Nike, Sequent/IBM, and La Petite. I earned my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Portland State University (PSU). I also have the privilege of teaching early learning at PSU and other colleges in Oregon. When I'm not with babies and toddlers, I enjoy going to Zumba class, visiting my two sons out of state, and watching basketball with my husband, Ollie.
Artful Start's philosophy is derived from a blend of the works of early childhood theorists including Maria Montessori, Magda Gerber, Loris Malaguzzi, and Lev Vygotsky. Additional inspiration is drawn from Leonard Bernstein's model of Artful Learning.