About Me and My Work

A little about me

Hi, I'm Natalie.

I have a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and a BA in Early Childhood Education. Much of my knowledge and skill, however, comes from actual experience with children, families, family child care providers, teachers, and early childhood advocates.

I ran a family child care program serving at-risk infants and toddlers in the Western Addition in San Francisco from 1994 to 2002. From 2002 until July of 2014 I served in various capacities to both, support quality improvements, and increase access to quality early childhood education experiences for all children and families. I have worked as a family child care coach and consultant, consulting with an array of agencies, including Zero to Three, Early Head Start, San Francisco Preschool for All, and the Children’s Council. I have also developed, and conduct hands-on curriculum trainings and workshops, designed to connect theory and research to actual classroom experiences and practice for early childhood professionals.

Two years ago, in partnership with my daughter Katrina, I opened Laffodils Preschool and Child Care.  Laffodils is a Reggio inspired program. We are also committed to supporting Environmental Education, Global Citizenship and, perhaps most importantly, critical thinking skills. We love our work!

What I stand for

I am dedicated to protecting early childhood from the demands of rigorous academic pressures and standardized tests, and promoting the value of play and its role in the learning process. It is a personal goal of mine to educate early childhood educators, parents, and policymakers, helping them to make the connection between play and learning and the importance of creating environments and curriculum that encourage exploration and discovery, and acknowledge the need for movement in order for children to learn.“My passion for ensuring that children have access to quality early care and education, and the joy and satisfaction I get from working with children and families, are the glue that bonds me forever to the field of early care and education.”