I am honored to step into the spotlight today, not as an educator or advocate from the early childhood education sector, but as a childcare center owner deeply committed to the mission and vision of the Early Learning and Childcare Coalition (ELCHC). I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, share my passion for our mission, and articulate my earnest desire to serve on the Coalition Board. My journey in early childhood education began with a simple dream – to provide a nurturing, safe, and enriching environment for young children to learn and grow. This aspiration led me to acquire Panda Hugs Academy and Tanglewood Learning center, a place where countless young minds have taken their first steps towards a lifetime of learning. Over the years, this endeavor has not only been my profession but also my passion.

As the owner and operator of Panda Hugs Academy, I have had the privilege of witnessing the transformative impact that quality early learning and childcare can have on children and families. Each day, I see the joy on the faces of children as they explore, discover, and develop crucial skills that will shape their futures. I witness the relief and confidence that parents gain from knowing their children are in a supportive and stimulating environment. These experiences have solidified my belief in the profound importance of accessible, high-quality early learning and childcare services for all. My involvement in the ELCHC stems from a desire to expand the positive impact of early childhood education beyond the walls of my childcare center. I am deeply committed to ensuring that every child in our community has access to the same opportunities and resources, regardless of their socio-economic background. By serving on the Coalition Board, I believe I can contribute in meaningful ways to the realization of this vision.