The YMCA believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential.
No one understands this more than our keynote speaker, Dawn Woods, who was recently named the Director of Child Care at the Early Learning Division with the Oregon Department of Education. The Early Learning Division supports all of the Oregon's young children and families to learn and thrive. Early childhood is the most critical time in a person's growth. Because of this, parents and families need resources to make informed decisions about child care and their early learning options.
Dawn is an energetic, motivational, and supportive leader whose approach to child care is to meet child care providers and their programs where they are. She approaches her work with an eye on equity for every child and every provider. Dawn began her career journey in Early Learning. She started in child care as an assistant preschool teacher and was a child care director for nine years. Dawn also helped write education curriculum supporting children with special needs.
Dawn's speech will highlight the value of early childhood development, the need for access to safe, reliable child care programs for all regardless of their ability to pay, and our responsibility to give the gift of possibilities to every child in the communities where we live, work and play.
Since 1868 the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette has offered a diverse range of quality, affordable programs that help children thrive and grow, inspire young people to lead, bring families closer together and encourage individual health and wellness. The Y is a volunteer-driven charitable nonprofit. Everyone is welcome, including you.
As the largest provider of non-profit early childhood development and after school enrichment programs in the Greater Portland metropolitan area, the YMCA Child Care Division provides children with a nurturing atmosphere and dynamic curriculum that celebrates individuality, promotes self-esteem and encourages positive social interaction. We work together with families to make each program a supportive and challenging place for our children to grow and develop.