Upcoming Events

CCDAA Fall Technical Assistance
October 27 - 28, 2016

Hyatt Regency, Sacramento

CCDAA Understanding the
Eligibility
and Need Regulations

September 27, 2016
Riverside

October 4, 2016
Fresno (Sold Out)

October 11, 2016
Los Angeles

CCDAA Requirements
and Management of
the Family Fees Process

October 14, 2016
Redwood City

November 15, 2016
Los Angeles

November 18, 2016
Fresno


 

     
September
Member of the Month
Kathy Philley

Child Development Program Administrator
Bakersfield Adult School Children’s Center

Congratulations to CCDAA’s September Member of the Month, Kathy Philley. She is the Child Development Program Administrator for Bakersfield Adult School Children’s Center and has been an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at California State University, Bakersfield.  Kathy has over 36 years of experience in the Early Childhood and Education field. Her commitment to children and families is represented by her continued support of the ECE field by sharing her knowledge and experience with others. This is modeled after her belief in the importance of being a life – long learner.
Kathy has a MA in Early Childhood Education and is a leader who exuberates her passion for families.  She is involved with many organizations and committees along with being a Director Mentor and is an Early Childhood Consultant.  She is the co-author of the Early Childhood Individual and Group Planning System.

Kathy kindly took some time from her busy schedule to share her knowledge and experiences with us:

“I have been in the field of education for 36 years and have spent the last 27 years for the Kern High School District at the Bakersfield Adult School Children’s Center; The last eighteen years as the Director.   Every day as I unlock the door to the Center is a reward for me because I know that children and their families will have positive opportunities, experiences and interactions that will impact them for the rest of their lives! 

I am often asked by parents which school is the best for my child to attend?   My response has always been 
the same, “the teacher is the most important person in your child’s life at school!”  If your child and teacher 
do not have a positive relationship then the learning may not be a good experience for your child.”
 
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career? 
My proudest accomplishment in my career was the success of being awarded funding from the State in 
1997 for our program that included non-traditional hours for a night program. This program continues to 
serve children ages two years to ten years of age three nights a week so families can attend evening 
classes or work.  Hundreds of children have been served and hundreds of parents have accomplished 
educational goals because of our night child development program.  The true success of the program is 
the staff who are dedicated to the children and families we serve. I am also very proud of my work as a 
Director Mentor. I will always remember those who helped me through my first year! If I can assist 
someone to reach their goal of being the best leader they can be, then I know that children, families
and staff will also succeed.
 

If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
Advice to someone new:

  1. Have a passion to teach, coach, have an open heart and mind and always wear a warm smile!
  2. Join your Local Planning Council and CCDAA both organizations will enrich your knowledge of the field and the people you meet will be great mentors to you.
  3. Invest your time and effort into learning and knowing all the people around you.  People will give 100% to your program if they know you care!
  4. Do your homework and learn all the regulations and polices of Child Development.
  5. Lastly, always remember it is about the children!
   Thank you Kathy !