Hi, I'm Jane Ann.
When I was trying to decide on a name for this space I focused on what I wanted to be for early childhood educators and that was an ally. In advocacy work an Ally is often defined as a person who uses their privilege to advocate on behalf of someone else who doesn't hold that same privilege. I have been very fortunate to work at Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL) for over 20 years. Although we have many of the daily struggles all programs experience we are supported by a host of allies in the college. This inspires me to be an ally for others. Do I fail sometimes? Yes. Do I second guess myself? Yes. Have I spoke up to a person in power with a shaky voice. ABSOLUTELY. Have I ever regretted the decision to be an ally? Never! This community is designed to create a space that is an ally for early childhood.
A little bit about me, my name is Jane Ann and I have been an Early Childhood professional for 35 years. I have worked with all age groups including kindergarten and after-school. I have been an Assistant Director and a Director at Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Learning Laboratory the past 20 years. I have worked in accredited programs throughout my career. GRCC is located in the heart of Grand Rapids and the ECLL is the gateway to campus. The new center has been open for almost 3 years and is intended to be the hub of early childhood in Grand Rapids and Kent County. We implement the Play and Learn groups located throughout the Grand Rapids region. We serve over 100 children, 6 weeks to 6 years of age in a variety of programs. We work in partnership with the Child Development Department to offer the Learning Laboratory. I primarily teach the Early Childhood Administration course taught in the Education Department.
Master of Education:
Adult Learning with an emphasis in Early Childhood
Bachelor of Arts:
Early Childhood Services and Sociology
Over 35 years of experience in the field.
Early Learning Neighborhood EPIC Advocate of the Year (2018)
Michigan Association of the Education of Young Children - Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
Inaugural Director of the Year - Western Michigan Association for Young Children (2010)