Featured Certificant: Deborah Jack

Deborah Jack

ACAS and Director
Why did you choose your profession?
I wanted to be part of the solution in the ECE field. My goal is to encourage inclusion in all classrooms while also making sure the children’s needs are being met. I believe every child deserves the experience of social and emotional relationships with their peers. Though sometimes it may look different than the “NORM” we encourage our kiddos to live to their fullest potential. I love assisting my team with training opportunities in the Hampton Roads area. This allows them to bring their best to all the kiddos in their care on a daily basis. My goal is to create.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
My favorite part about what I do is the little things. I always tell my team “If we continue to do the little things, One day it will be something BIG” That is my favorite part. The big moments for our kiddos. The first wave goodbye, the first time they say their teacher’s name, the first smile, or the first time they come into the room unassisted. Every day watching our little ones grow and overcome daily challenges is a miracle in itself. I love seeing the smiles on the staff’s faces when a milestone happens or a goal is reached. We are truly a team and we all work together to give our kiddos the absolute best first steps in life. We develop the entire child. We do not only focus on one piece. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Childcare Network #062 builds strong bonds with families and raises champions every day together.
How has your IBCCES training/credential helped you in your career?
I believe being able to have challenging conversations with parents who may be interested in our program has been the biggest advantage. I am happy I can have an intelligent conversation with families and answer their questions. It definitely helps to have the educational piece behind me to ease parents’ fears of the school no understanding. The credential has also helped with being able to see if we are the “right fit” for the child. Oftentimes, if we are not educated, a child may fall into survival mode due to the caretakers not having a clear understanding of the accommodations needed for the student to thrive in your care. My ACAS credential has given me the knowledge and tools to handle situations in a noble manner, with that I am extremely thankful.

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