Immediately employed after graduation, Ms. Kay continued working with children, fine tuning her desire to help children feel good about education.
“We want their first school experience to be a positive one!”
“We want them to think, ‘I can do this.’ If they feel they can’t, we want them to ask for help, so they can learn how to overcome these obstacles.”
After her mom’s passing, she was encouraged by her dad to use an inheritance to chase the dream of creating her own program. From scratch, Ms. Kay built Little Learners Preschool, where every experience is designed to foster success – academically, socially and in play.
Even the bathrooms are built with success in mind.
“Whether it’s spelling their name, cutting a circle with scissors or building with blocks, our whole classroom has opportunities for children to succeed,” she said.
Little Learners provides tiered programs starting with children as young as 2.5 years where they will acquire the basic skills and practice in a play environment. Those skills are nurtured through their program and developed making sure the child is well prepared for entering Kindergarten.
Little Learners is partnered with I’m for Kids, a government-funded agency where pre-screening is done early to identify any learning challenges and provide in-class support to once again create opportunities for the children’s success.
Class ratios are kept low, with one teacher and one teacher’s aide per class to create more hands-on attention for the children. Ms. Kay also considers the parents part of the team in the approach to learning and play and encourages ongoing and open communication.