This site is dedicated to the support and empowerment of parents, teachers, caregivers and students.
And to all of the children and families who have taught me how to listen, learn, live and love. They taught me The Learning Root.
My first experience of seeing the enormous impact of early childhood learning on both the individual and community was when I was 15 years old. A single mother in my apartment complex had two children, one of which was autistically intelligent, without verbal communication. She worked nights as a waitress and I came over everyday after dinner and took care of both kids. Autism was an enormous stress on the household. Although the mother had some resources and intervention, none of it was of quality. I think I made twenty dollars. I looked forward to being with both kids everyday, and I was making so much progress revising what autism meant in the home. The oldest girl and I used to make dance videos together before bed. We would make fun play areas for her brother to find in the morning. We packed lunches. We cleaned up the house and left little gifts for her mom. We listened to and trusted each other. We all had purpose. I came to realize that building these connections, trust, and purpose was where root learning happened. When I was 15,
this was the most important part of my day- Now it’s the most important part of my life.
April received her degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University Fullerton and is completing her Masters in Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on Leadership and Organizational Change.
Winner of the Althea B. McLaren award in Arts in Early Childhood and the Robert B. McLaren award in Children’s Moral Development.
In Early Childhood we have innumerable theories and approaches that seek to support the child in reaching their greatest potential- and with good cause, the brain develops its foundation during the first eight years of life.
Early Childhood Care Givers are supporting a root system that will nurture all aspects of the child’s entire life.
The many approaches from Montessori to STEAM, Reggio Emelia to Waldorf– One school, many classrooms. I am dedicated to uniting our schools and families so that we model the nutrients of a healthy person, community, and world.
If we want to see this in the world we might as well start here, at the beginning of life.
A few notes that describe the importance of caring for the r o o t s in early childhood. Every root system is connected to a child’s life trajectory, and the trajectory of our world.
For support, questions, or conversation please contact me through the form below. Here are some ways I have been able to support others:
- Connecting schools in your community for support with supplies, resources, subs, training, and approaches.
- Creating enriching early childhood environments at home.
- Plans and approaches for times of conflict with anything from behavior to academics.
- Powerful approaches to art in early childhood
- Individualized curricula to support root learning during a time of distance learning.
- Applying and/or exploring different early childhood learning philosophies and what might support your child exactly where they are.
- Classroom/School organization and beautification
- Early childhood program design or re-design to ignite more unification between your school and surrounding schools