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Changes are coming to Child Care Answers!

As a child care provider, we hope that you’ve been hearing about the statewide changes in your support set forth by the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. Starting October 1, things will look different in Indiana’s child care resource & referral agencies, which means the support you’ve been receiving from Child Care Answers will change.

You probably have many questions, which is understandable. We hope to answer as many questions for you as possible, but please ask anything else you want to know in the comments below. We will continually update this post with answers as we get them.

After October 1, can I still go to Child Care Answers with questions or support requests?

As of October 1, all counties will now be served by one of five local child care resource and referral agencies. You’ll still have support. If your program is in Hamilton, Hendricks, or Marion counties, you will continue to come to us here at Child Care Answers. Brown, Bartholomew, and Johnson counties should go to their new agency, Chances and Services for Youth (CASY) for ongoing support. Visit in.gov to learn about your new agency.

Will you continue to offer professional development and trainings?

Child Care Answers will no longer create and facilitate trainings for child care providers in-house; however, that doesn’t mean that professional development is going away! You can continue to find and register for professional development in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

What about Paths to QUALITY (PTQ)? Will I still be able to keep my coach?

You will begin to see a transition of coaching supports starting October 1. Child Care Answers will no longer offer coaching and PTQ supports. From October 1st through June 30th, Indiana AEYC will provide support as needed to providers. Starting July 1, 2020, Paths To Quality coaching will be implemented by SPARK Learning Lab; look for additional communication about your specific situation in the coming weeks.

Will the support I receive from a SPARK Learning Lab coach stay the same?

You will receive additional information in the coming months about how to participate in a self-assessment to determine the level of support needed for your program. Based on the results, your support may look like one of the following:

    • You’ll receive a plan of action and tools such as digital professional development, resource libraries, and help desk support. You’ll also be able to connect with other Early Childhood professionals at monthly virtual events and quarterly in-person events. (Tier 1)
    • In addition to Tier 1 support, you may be eligible for video coaching, small-group sessions, or enhanced professional development to assist you in implementing a program development plan. (Tier 2)
    • A subset of providers will work with coaches to focus on both development plans and quality improvement plans. (Tier 3)
    All three tiers include opportunities to work in person with coaches in order to receive face-to-face professional development.

What about Safe Sleep, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other mandated trainings?

After October 1, SPARK Learning Lab will be hosting all state-mandated trainings. Safe Sleep Parts 1 and 2 will also now be offered online and will fulfill your regulatory requirements. SPARK will announce face-to-face dates and locations soon. You will continue to register for any of these trainings, whether online or face-to-face, in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

I’m considering opening a child care business. Is Child Care Answers still the right place to start?

Yes! Our dedication continues to support professionals on the road to success to get licensed; will continue this as a focus into 2020 and beyond. See our Learn How to Become a Provider page or contact us for more information on next steps. Remember – if you’re in Bartholomew, Brown, or Johnson counties, you should contact new agency, Chances and Services for Youth (CASY), after October 1.

Can I still come to Child Care Answers until September 30th?

Absolutely! Our coaches and specialists are still available to chat with you about your program and to offer technical assistance. We also have state-mandated trainings, such as Safe Sleep, that we will be offering through September 30.

Do you have additional questions? Please comment below!

Last Day Q&A: Kristin Kahl

Knowledge Manager Kristin Kahl generally works behind the scenes to get the word out about what we do here at Child Care Answers. Now it’s her turn to step into the spotlight!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Well-rounded, kind, funny

What is your personal philosophy?

What goes around comes around; it may take a while for the good (or bad) you to do make it back to you, but it’ll get there!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My family, of course. But I would also find it pretty hard to not have some method of learning new things (TV, movies, books, internet – I would need at least one of these outlets).

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

I am in a constant struggle with my perfectionism; trying to maintain a balance between being the best mom/wife/daughter/sister/friend and being the best employee/parishioner/volunteer I can be.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Cheesy personality tests

What is your greatest fear?

Drowning

Where is your favorite place to be?

At my parents’ house on Lake Erie

What is your favorite thing to do?

Girls’ day of shopping and pedis with my mom and sister

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The west coast of Ireland is the first place I went where I truly understood the meaning of the word “breathtaking”. Part of that was because of the scenery – the other was because my husband was driving a stick shift on the wrong side of the road, on a cliff with no guard rails!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Subway Sandwich Artist

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeepers – hands down!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

In a dream world? Writer for Saturday Night Live. In real life? Travel agent

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Great but happy is way better than perfect.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

“Sweet”, “good times”, “Because I said so”

What is the best book you have ever read?

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was registered as a stock broker for 15 years – but never placed a trade for anyone but myself!

Ask Kristin additional questions in the comments below!

I-LEAD: What You Need to Know

We hope you’ve been hearing all about I-LEAD, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning’s new online tool, designed for child care providers just like you. I-LEAD, short for the Indiana Licensing & Education Access Depot, is designed to make licensing, background checks and professional development easier to access and update.

We here at Child Care Answers have been learning more about it since it launched July 9,  just like you have. We want to make sure you have the best and most up-to-date information…and this post is a great place to start! As time goes on, we’ll continue to refine our knowledge and get answers to your questions. Keep checking back!

I’M A NEWBIE TO I-LEAD. WHERE DO I START?

Want an overview of creating an I-LEAD account, adding staff as a provider admin, and/or registering for professional development in Indiana Learning Paths? Check out these resources!

Webinar: Creating an Account, Provider Admin, Indiana Learning Paths

Quick Start Guide: Registering for professional development
Want a brief how-to on the steps you need to take to register for your professional development? See our How to register webpage, which walks you through each step.

I-LEAD Help Support Website
Watch video snippets and read how-to articles based on your needs at ileadhelp.org. You can also contact the Solution Center through this site to get one-on-one support.

 

I’M A PROVIDER ADMIN. CAN I TRACK WHICH OF MY EDUCATORS RECEIVED AN INVITE?

Provider Admins can track the educator invites they trigger in I-LEAD by following these steps:

  • Find the educator you want to track in your listing of educators.
  • Click View Details next to his/her name.
  • Find the Invite Status option.  This shows both the status of the invite and how many times it’s been sent.

You can also resend the invite from this screen; the email can be updated when that option is used.

 

WHERE DO EDUCATORS ACCESS THEIR CONSENT FORMS?

The consent form is visible in the upper right hand corner – only AFTER a provider admin adds the educator to the Associated Educator list. If you don’t see your consent form, connect with your program’s admin to ensure you’re correctly associated with your program.

You’ll also notice in the screenshot above that provider admins can switch views to see the educators they manage and the providers they work for.

 

I CREATED MY ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD. IS IT GOING TO EXPIRE AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DAYS?

No. As of now, you can keep your same password until you want to change it again.

 

I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION OR PROBLEM. I’M NOT FINDING THE ANSWER IN ONE OF THE RESOURCES ABOVE. NOW WHAT?

Contact the I-LEAD Solution Center! You can reach them through:

  • ileadhelp.org website: Submit a ticket with details on your problem.;
  • Email: Send the Solution Center the details of your problem to SolutionCenter@earlylearningindiana.org; OR
  • Phone: Prefer to talk with a helpful solution center agent? Call 800-299-1627, Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm or Friday 8 am- 5 pm.

DOES SOMEONE SPEAK SPANISH IN THE SOLUTION CENTER? Hay alguien que hable español en el centro de llamadas?

Yes! If you leave a voicemail, email, or ticket in Spanish, one of our bilingual team members will get back to you. Si, si usted deja un mensaje de voz o un email en español, una de nuestras especialistas bilingüe le devolverá la llamada.

Last Day Q&A: Crystal Givens

This month’s Last Day Q&A is especially bittersweet. Crystal Givens has served us well as Program Director for the last three years, but she’s movin’ on up as Vice President of Statewide Supports with our friends Early Learning Indiana.  We wish her all the best in her new role – and we’re glad she’s not going far!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Cool, Calm, and Funny

What is your personal philosophy?

Your attitude determines your altitude.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

I couldn’t live without prayer.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Working and earning my Master’s degree.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

On the Border tortilla chips and salsa

What is your greatest fear?

I have a fear of not living a fulfilled life.

Where is your favorite place to be?

At home on the patio with my husband and son

What is your favorite thing to do?

Listen to music

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The best place I’ve traveled so far has been Montego Bay, Jamaica; I was married there, accompanied by close friends and family.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I sold cotton candy at Market Square Arena for a day.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Flying cars to avoid traffic on the street

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would definitely be a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

This too shall pass.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Really dude, for real, and no ma’am

What is the best book you have ever read?

John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am naturally an introvert – if I didn’t need to talk I would be just fine.

Ask Crystal additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Tikila Welch

Coach Coordinator Tikila Welch is all about relationships – with her family, her coworkers, and the child care providers she serves. Get to know Tikila a little better by reading her responses below!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Loyal, Giving and Loud

What is your personal philosophy?

Adapted from Steve Harvey – When you can’t go anymore, go a little bit farther!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Being a family person, it would be hard for me to live without a phone with FaceTime. This technology has allowed me to connect with my younger niece and nephew in North Carolina. They know who TeTe is when we see each other because of our many FaceTime calls.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

So far my biggest challenge was moving 12 hours away from most of my family and starting a new life in Indiana.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

The one thing I can’t resist is a great clearance sale. One day, I bought a baby monitor because it was 80% off, not knowing who needed it. Later I was able to bless my godsister with it for her new baby.

What is your greatest fear?

Being slightly claustrophobic and horrible with directions, it’s getting locked inside a small space or getting lost in a small town with no GPS reception.

Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is anywhere warm with a beachfront view with my close family and friends.

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do is plan and host social events for family and friends.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The best place I ever traveled was Germany; not so much for the country, but for the experience. My sister gifted me a high school graduation gift to visit her there. It was my first time flying. I flew from North Carolina to Germany on my own, making all connecting flights – all before I had a cell phone!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

The weirdest job I ever had was during my stint as home health aide! I did overnights with older lady who was afraid to stay alone, and she blew her nose for eight hours straight while I tried to rest.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

I would want a robot housekeeper. That sounds more feasible; I am not ready to embrace the others yet.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would be family therapist.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I would tell my 13 year old self to enjoy the journey. Take time to make friends and know that nothing coming your way is too big for you to handle. God’s got you!

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

My most over used phrases are “ma’am”, “no sir” and “Shut up Shannon.”

What is the best book you have ever read?

I can’t say that there is one book that stands out above all. One of the last books I read was Embracing Myself Now by Shawneda Marks; it was a great page turner!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have a great since of humor and love to talk once I know a person. I talk a lot in crowds but will sit in silence if I am one-on-one with a person.

Ask Tikila additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Shannon Ford

Professional Development Coordinator Shannon Ford is a Renaissance Woman, in both the Early Childhood field and in her time out of work. Read more below to learn the many pieces that make Shannon the unique person she is today.

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Resilient, loyal, and fun-loving

What is your personal philosophy?

Timing is everything! It took me a really long time to realize that my life doesn’t run on my timeline, that there’s a greater power involved, and His timeline is what matters. Trust the process. Good things come to those who wait (just ask the Chicago Cubs)!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

One of my most favorite stress relievers is taking a hot bath at the end of the day. I could not live without my garden tub.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Raising my son as a single mom has been my greatest challenge, but it’s also been my greatest pleasure. There are so many negative statistics associated with children from single parent homes. Always having those statistics in the back of my mind was a true motivator in beating the odds and doing everything in my power to create the best life possible for the both of us.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A year ago, I would’ve answered a McDonald’s Coke. Today I would say salmon!

What is your greatest fear?

As I have gotten older, I can honestly say I fear less. However, one constant was always the fear of missing out (FOMO). The life of a single parent is a busy one and I threw myself into parenting 100%. I’m sure I missed out on things and didn’t take advantage of things presented to me because I was SO focused on being a mom. 2019 is my year of #noregrets.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Wrigley Field in Chicago…go Cubs!

What is your favorite thing to do?

Spending time with my fun-loving, dysfunctional family.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Ireland and England. Mom, my aunt, grandma, and I went for two weeks to visit my sister who was studying abroad. We flew in to Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day and drove cross-country to Shannon, Ireland. Eventually we ended up in London. Great memories! I would go back in a heartbeat!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I’ve been blessed with good jobs, nothing bizarre or peculiar.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

This is an easy one: flying cars! Or better yet, how about just a driver, that’s what I would want most!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Working for the Chicago Cubs in some capacity

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Life is about much more than the white picket fence. Again, trust in the process.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Go Cubs! Oh, Jacob! and Seriously?

What is the best book you have ever read?

Any book written by Michael Gurian.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I played softball in college.

Ask Shannon additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Rachel George

Paths to QUALITY Coach Rachel George has been working hard on her own education, but she also plays a big role in developing child care providers and helping them provide the best learning environments for their little ones. Read more about what makes Rachel who she is and how she developed into the person she is today.

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Protective, loyal and curious

What is your personal philosophy?

I believe the purposes of early childhood education are to spark an energy and love for learning in young children, and prepare them for their transition into elementary school with the tools to become successful.

I believe the curriculum for young children should involve intentional teaching, thoughtfully designed learning environments and play based/child initiated routines. I believe you need to meet children where they are (developmentally), as individuals and as a group, through observations. Then, plan activities that are challenging but achievable.

I believe early childhood teachers must display the qualities of flexibility, passion, creativity, patience and dedication.

I believe the learning environment for young children should safe, secure, and stimulating where each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Environments should consist of developmentally appropriate materials and learning centers for the children to explore.

I believe young children learn best when they feel safe, comfortable and supported in their environment.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Wow – there are so many things that I need daily; this is hard to choose just one. I would say that I tend to lean on my faith quite often. I go to sleep praying, and I wake up thanking God for another day.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Currently, I am taking courses to achieve my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood focus, I would say that has been the biggest challenge for me this far. Trying to balance work, life, being a wife, a stepmother, an aunt, etc. It is very hard to complete assignments in a timely manner, post discussion boards and respond to the recommended amount, study, read the course material, etc., all while my husband is a coach and we have very different schedules. July 20, 2019 I will graduate and THAT date cannot come soon enough!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

I cannot resist fountain Cokes. I have been doing better, but most days I have to stop at a gas station and get a good one. McDonald’s does not cut it as they barely put any ice in it. I have to make my own. 🙂

What is your greatest fear?

Being in an airplane. I am fine if it is just for a couple of hours – anything longer than that. my anxiety kicks in and I get hot and sweaty and antsy. I think it is because I am confined and have nowhere to go and no control as to when I can get off. We leave for Montana in July – we have to fly to LA and then back to Montana. I am already a nervous wreck for that over-five-hour trip.

Where is your favorite place to be?

At the track. I am basically obsessed with the Indy 500, as I was raised around the track. Both of my parents were born and raised in Speedway. Both of my grandpas worked at the track, and my father did too. I was always there. The month of May, I spend ample time at the track. It is a huge part of my upbringing and my life today. My dad and I go to the race every year together. It is “our” day. I have not missed a race with him since 1992. My father hasn’t missed a race since 1963. I am very blessed to have this opportunity with my daddy, we have a ball together that day.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Spend time with my family. I love when we are all together. I love watching my nieces grow and learn. Holidays are so much fun with my family – we have good times with each other. We are very close-knit, and I am thankful for that.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

This is a tossup between two places. When I was 18, I went to Cancun, Mexico, and it was beautiful. The white sandy beaches and clear waters were amazing. A bunch of my friends went for our “senior” trip, and we had such a fantastic time. Three years ago my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Malibu, California. That place was awesome – very calm, great food, and beautiful scenery. It felt like that town “made” you relax. There wasn’t much to do but lay on the beach and eat. We had this beautiful house overlooking the Pacific ocean, and the master bedroom had French doors. At night we opened the doors up so we could sleep to the sound of the large waves coming in.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

My parents made me work at a young age. I had my first job at 14 as a Kroger bagger. I wouldn’t say that was the “weirdest” though – that would be when I was meat slicer at Blimpie Subs. I worked there when I was 15-18 and worked my way up. Eventually, my younger sister started working there and took my job as I went to college. I also worked at the “new” Kroger in my hometown when I would come home from college breaks as a cake decorator. I LOVED that job. I remember I made my sisters graduation cake. I also made the display cakes for the bakery. That was when edible photographs were popular, and I put a picture of me and my sister on a cake.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

I would take that robot housekeepers; that would probably be most helpful to me in this point in my life. Plus, I’d feel kind of like the Jetsons, and I loved that show when I was a kid.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I think that I would be in the cake decorating business. I love to decorate cakes, and I learned so much when I worked at Kroger. I learned how to make those roses and flowers. I learned how to make all kinds of outlines, and I was really good at writing on cakes. I had the “steady” hand 🙂

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I would tell myself to not be afraid and go for whatever I wanted to do. I was very quiet and naive and seemed to back away from large crowds and confrontation. I would tell myself to be more outspoken and spontaneous. Time flies by, and I feel like in my older years I am coming out of my shell more and more because life is so short.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Bless your heart, Understandable” and either “I agree” or “I know, right”.

What is the best book you have ever read?

I am not a reader. I struggled with reading comprehension when I was younger. It was like pulling teeth for my parents to get me to read. I learn better visually and hands-on, and by hearing it too. But, I read Where the Red Fern Grows when I was younger for a class assignment, and I have to say that was such a precious book. For someone who struggled with comprehending, that kept my attention. Now, I can read article after article on my phone or computer that are five to 10 minutes reads…but I cannot stand books.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I always told my parents when I was growing up that one day I would buy one of those houses by the track so that dad and I could walk to our seats for the race. Guess what? I did that! I bought my first house six months after graduating from college, and I had two roommates that paid me rent to help out with the mortgage. After about three years, they both moved out and I was left with the mortgage. I worked two jobs for many years to make ends meet because I was not going to give my house up. I lived there for 13 years, until meeting my (now) husband and moving in with him. Every year, dad and I walked to our seats for the race and I was right in the middle of all of the hoopla in Speedway for the month of May….EXACTLY where I wanted to be.

Ask Rachel additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Cheryl Tyler

Our Outreach Coordinator, Cheryl Tyler spends a good amount of her time in the community, talking with families and local organizations. If you see her, take a minute to say “hi!” and talk to her more about some of her favorite things.

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Honest, compassionate, kind

What is your personal philosophy?

Control the controllables

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My phone

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Some health challenges

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Spending time with my family and friends

What is your greatest fear?

Losing a loved one

Where is your favorite place to be?

On the softball field

What is your favorite thing to do?

Coach softball

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Everywhere. I love to see new places and try new things.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Video store clerk

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeeper

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Professional Sports Agent

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Really? Seriously? You’ve got to be kidding…

What is the best book you have ever read?

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was born on a US Naval Base in Kenitra, Morocco

Ask Cheryl additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Kristin Cofield

Paths to QUALITY Coach Kristin Cofield not only has a passion for improving child care quality for programs and children, but she also has a zen-like focus on improving herself. Read more below to get a deeper insight into what makes Krissy tick.

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Compassionate, trustworthy, honest

What is your personal philosophy?

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My faith in God

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Believing in myself. Sometimes you have to encourage yourself and silence the negative voice inside. Tell yourself you can do it and get it done!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

I have a serious sweet tooth. My favorite candy is Kit Kats and Reese’s cups.

What is your greatest fear?

Large dogs

Where is your favorite place to be?

My prayer room in my house

What is your favorite thing to do?

Volunteer and listen to spoken-word poetry

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

New York is one of my favorites, because I like the cultural diversity the city has to offer.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

My first job was folding tee shirts at a retail store. Yes, there is a proper way to fold shirts!

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeeper

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Child Psychologist

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

You’re going to be okay, and you will survive.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Any word with four letters“Are you kidding me?” “Seriously?” “That does not make sense.”

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Shack by William Paul Young

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’ve collected Cabbage Patch Kid dolls since I was four years old. I currently have 200 dolls!

Ask Krissy additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Ann Aull

There’s no one in the world quite like our Early Childhood Adult Educator, Ann Aull. She’s impacted hundreds of lives through her CDA courses, and she impacts us everyday here at Child Care Answers too!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Compassion, Strength, Humor

What is your personal philosophy?

Do something to make the world a better place, even if it is hard.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Meaningful work

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Not turning into a bitter person

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Netflix binge

What is your greatest fear?

The next two years

Where is your favorite place to be?

At home

What is your favorite thing to do?

Hiking and Crossfit

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Galapagos Islands – that trip was so full of adventure and a dream come true for me.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Cleaning bathrooms at a construction company

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Flying cars

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Work at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

You will survive this

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Any word with four letters

What is the best book you have ever read?

Mutiny on the Bounty

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am really quite shy

Ask Ann additional questions in the comments below!