The Children's Center Staff are early childhood specialists. Teachers hold Children's Center Permits or teaching credentials from the California State Department of Education. They are assisted by student trainees and interns from various University departments. Other volunteers include parents and high school students studying child care. The adult child ratio is 1:3 for infants, 1:4 for toddlers, and 1:8 for pre-school children.
Administrative Staff and Support Staff
Jenny has been working with children, parents, and teachers since 1996. Teaching has always been her passion. She obtained her B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills, her Directors Permit from UCLA, and her Infant & Toddler Director's Credential from the University of Wyoming. Jenny was awarded The Cambridge Who's Who of Executives and Professionals 2007/2008 for her work in implementing the Reggio Emilia philosophy at a preschool nestled in the Tetons just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she created a science-based curriculum for more than 100 children a day. She was a site supervisor for Leeway Sailing Center in Long Beach, where children learned to swim, sail, canoe, and kayak. Her love of teaching has taken her on many travels - in Egypt, Jenny was an international nanny, and in Costa Rica, she studied Spanish at a university while living with a family. She is honored to be working on the campus of California State University Fullerton and her continued passion for teaching children, parents, and teachers can be seen at the Children’s Center on a daily basis.
Bachelors of Science in Child & Adolescent Development, CSUF Master Teacher Permit
Afternoon Preschool Master Teacher
4 years as a student assistant at the Children's Center before becoming a Master Teacher in 2003
I believe children should be able to grow socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively, while accepting the diversity that surrounds them. By communicating and respecting the feelings of others, children will grow, enjoying diversity. In my program I enjoy working closely with my families. I enjoy planning gatherings and times to connect with each other as a way of feeling united.
I love the discoveries that children and adult student staff make here about the world and themselves. The spontaneity of each day and the caring relationships that we develop are precious, fun and the spice of life.
From an early age I knew I wanted to work with children. While in high school I explored ROP childcare and grew to fall in love with the idea of working with young children and their families. Some of my first experiences include working with school age children in an after school program, working as a tutor and working as a teacher’s aide. As I began my education at Cal State Fullerton in 1999, I soon made the Children’s Center my home. Sunshine Room has always been my specialty and home away from home. When I'm not at work you can find me spending time with my two boys, Matthew and Michael. Their spunk and sweet natures keep me wanting to be the best person and mother I can be.
I have worked at the Children's Center since 1991. I have worked with all the age groups of children at the Children's Center and have also been the bookkeeper. In addition, my children have graduated from the Children's Center program.
Bachelors in Arts in Accounting, Minor in Child Development (1997). Slowly working on obtaining an MBA in Finance and will finish in hopefully sometime in the near future.
Philosophy and goals for the children
To have a positive influence on children and families I serve and to help them accomplish the goal of earning a degree while supporting them and offering supportive and valuable services.
I enjoy being able to work with such a diverse population. I learn so much from my co-workers and the children every day. I also enjoy having an influence on a person's ability to attend a university and achieve their educational goals.
I am an avid sports fan and enjoy playing coed softball. I also enjoy coaching softball and helping maintain my daughter's travel softball team's website. I am a mother of 4 wonderful children. I enjoy working for ASI and am proud to serve students while they further their education. They are definitely the driving force behind my desire to provide quality childcare to parents pursuing a higher education.
Bio coming soon!
Dana joined the Children's Center in January 2011, after ten years of teaching elementary school and twenty years of working in the food service industry. So for Dana, this job is the best of both worlds. Dana started cooking at the age of four and has not stopped yet. After graduating from California Polytechnic University Pomona in Business Administration/Hotel Restaurant Management, Dana then became the Production Chef for Marriott at the Weyerhaeuser Head Quarters in Federal Way, Washington. Eventually Dana, her husband Greg and their two daughters moved back to California. Dana loves the fact that the menu is incorporating more whole foods and vegetables. The best day at work at the Children’s Center is everyday!