by Stephanie Ries, Paths to QUALITY™ Coach
As a Paths to QUALITY™ coach, I work with dozens of providers, helping them to create quality environments for children. With each provider I help to advance a level, I feel a sense of pride in the provider’s accomplishments.
Sometimes, though, a very special provider rises to the top. These special people go above and beyond to embody success in serving children. One of these providers is Nakisha Gaddie, a certified ministry provider at Bright Horizons Child Care.
STARTING THE JOURNEY WITH PATHS TO QUALITY™
Although child care ministries are not required to be licensed in the state of Indiana, we encourage them to complete the Voluntary Certification Program (VCP), a prerequisite for the Paths to QUALITY™ quality rating improvement system. The VCP process generally takes providers 8-14 months to complete – and Kisha completed it in less than three months! Her diligence and determination to attain all of the requirements for VCP was astonishing. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, had anyone complete this process so quickly. She immediately started the Paths to QUALITY™ process and is looking to fast-track to Level 3 within the month.
TAKING THE TIME TO DEVELOP HERSELF
Becoming the best possible version of yourself as a child care provider is just as important as checking all the boxes to create a great program. Kisha embodies this idea. She is on her way to completing her Director’s Credential at Ivy Tech Community College. The T.E.A.C.H. program also recently approved her scholarship to complete her B.A. in Early Childhood Education.
REPRESENTING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AS A LEADER
Kohl’s recently saw the leadership potential in Kisha and demonstrated their confidence by recognizing her with their Kohl’s Cares grant. She has proven herself so well to the grantees that they are now utilizing her talents and skills to advocate for early childhood education.
As a part of her role as a Kohl’s Cares grant recipient, Kisha was also recently chosen to represent Indiana as a part of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN). She will travel to Arlington, VA this month to participate in the ECCS CoIIN Learning Session.
Kohl’s also recently asked her to speak on behalf of motherhood and caring for children at a Community Baby Shower event, presented in partnership with Kohl’s Cares and the Riley Children’s Foundation. Not only did she successfully navigate outside of her comfort zone to be a speaker, but she also jumped into action with her natural gifts of caring for children during the event. While waiting to give her speech, Kisha heard some chaos in the area where others were caring for children. She couldn’t help but go where she was needed and stepped in to help with the children. View this great video showing all the good that happened at the Kohl’s Cares Baby Shower.
I am so honored to walk alongside Kisha as her coach. I have full confidence that she will, and already has, impacted the lives of so many children. Congratulations, Kisha!