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A time of transition at children's center | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

I am writing to you today because I am a passionate supporter of the South Whidbey Children’s Center. For more than 30 years, SWCC has continued to provide local high-quality, early education on South Whidbey island.

The last few months have been a time of transition and change for SWCC. As we transition from the outgoing executive director Kristina Saunsaucie to our new executive director Kris Barker. While change is never easy, this has proven to be a smooth transition for the center and we are really excited about some new opportunities for our future.

From the onset, the South Whidbey Children’s Center has been providing quality early learning education and childcare to the Whidbey Island community.

SWCC uses the high/scope curriculum, a research-validated, participatory learning process which is based on the belief that children’s play is their work and children learn through active participation.

SWCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Only 10 percent of all pre-schools in the United States have this accreditation.

SWCC has been a local employer, striving to offer worthy wages for employees and providing a high student/teacher ratio.

SWCC is working with the South Whidbey School District to build bridges that will provide an alignment of our preschool-kindergarten-third grade students centered around literacy development.

The new director is a local community member with a diverse background in early childhood education.

SWCC graduates are living and working throughout Whidbey Island and carrying on the tradition by sending their children to the center.

So if you have the chance, please take a moment to acknowledge our departing director and thank Kristina Saunsaucie for all of her time, energy, hard work and excellence she has given to our local families. I wish her the best of luck and warm thanks for helping to make SWCC a place my boys could sprout in and a place my family will always remember.

Also, please take a moment to welcome our incoming director, Kris Barker.

Kris comes to us from Maple Ridge where she served as community relations director. Kris can draw from her uncommon perspective of having been a parent with children enrolled at the center and a former member of the SWCC Board of Directors. We selected Kris for her experience in early childhood education, her passion for and understanding of the center’s connection to the community, and her leadership qualities.

So it feels more like a welcome back again Kris, and we look forward to a bright future.

NICHOLAS MURPHY

SWCC Board of Directors

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