March 2017 Member of the Month
Brenda Brown Concord Child Care Center
CCDAA’s March Member of the Month is Brenda Brown for the Concord Child Care Center. Since childhood Brenda has had a calling for working with young children. Brenda has 32 years experience working for Concord Child Care Center, Inc. beginning as a preschool teacher, advancing to Toddler Program Director and is currently serving as the Executive Director. Concord Child Care Center is a NAEYC accredited program and has been award Tier 5 on the QRIS scale for quality programs. Brenda is a passionate advocate for quality early care and education and believes that a highly qualified workforce is the key to successful ECE programs. Brenda is a wife, mother of two grown sons, and grandmother to three adorable little ones. She loves visiting mountains and beaches and her hobbies include crocheting and digital crafting. Congratulations Brenda and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us.
What has been most rewarding about your career in early education so far?
I’ve been in this career for so long, I have a ton of memories and joyful times working with families and children. I would have to say, though, that the most rewarding aspect of my career is knowing my efforts have made a difference in the life of one! I know that I didn’t make that difference by my actions alone, but by the combined efforts of many other dedicated professionals! I have had several occasions where I will bump into someone and realize that they were one of “my kids” and here they are college graduates, professionals themselves! Knowing that our program helped a family to better their standing, to survive hard times, to complete school and have a rewarding career of their own is all that we need to keep going!
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
Advice for someone new in administration…. hmm. Well, here’s one thing, NO ONE knows it all but SOMEONE has the answer you need. Make a network of friends and colleagues and don’t be afraid to ask those “silly questions”. I know that I turned to many others when I was uncertain or just to have someone to bounce things off on. Take as many trainings and attend as many activities for directors as you can. Later, as you become accustomed to your role you can pick and choose what you need or are interested in, but in the beginning take it all. It might seem overload on information but as we often say, “we don’t know what we don’t know”! (This is advice I, myself, received when I first became Director).
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
My proudest accomplishment in my career is having reached the stage I’m in now! I believe in life-long learning and have practiced this by continuing my education and growing in my professional abilities. I started out as a young, inexperienced preschool teacher with an AS degree in 1984, in 2005 I finally earned a BA, and in 2014 my Masters! In that time I’ve become an outspoken advocate for children and teachers, I have become a educator and consultant in the field and have joined the Local Planning Council to continue to support our future. I never planned to be “here” but I’m glad I arrived!