valley kids learning center program director
We’re pleased to introduce Kim Harris, the Valley Kid’s Learning Center Program Director. Kim is passionate about seeing kids grow and develop so that they can experience success in learning and success in life. Kim brings a variety of educational experiences to her role as Program Director. As a lifelong learner, she has her BS Degree from Arizona State University in Parks and Recreation. After seven years as a Recreation Supervisor, she went back to school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University in Evanston, IL. Additionally, Kim is a graduate of Valley University and a Certified Nutritional Health Coach.
Kim and her husband David moved from the Chicago area to Portage in December 2000 with their two daughter’s, Melanie and Lindsay. Kim was an active member of the Portage Public School system as a paraprofessional, substitute teacher, Site Base parent at Angling Road Elementary, Daisy/Brownie Leader, Girls On The Run Liaison and District Advisory member. She continued as an active parent throughout her daughter’s education and sports until they both graduated high school.
Kim’s loves spending time with her family and her black lab Zeke. She also enjoys traveling and pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle!
Teachers & Caregivers
We recognize that teachers and caregivers play an important role in building a child's success in their first years of school. Teachers do more than facilitate arts and crafts projects throughout the day. They provide structure and help children grow in their reading and writing skills, teach science and help children understand themselves. Our trained and qualified staff embody the mission and philosophy of Valley Kids Learning Center and help foster a positive environment for kids to learn and grow.
To ensure safety, all staff undergo background and health screenings, a criminal background check through the Department of Human Services and State Police, verification of education credentials, and a thorough review of personal references.
Prior to their first day in the classroom, all staff receive complete and thorough training. All caregivers and teachers will be knowledgeable about state-specific licensing rules, child abuse and neglect, fire safety, childcare and sanitation regulations, as well as Valley Kids Learning Center policies and procedures. Additionally, all staff are required to complete training in first aid and CPR annually.
Every educator receives training that fulfills and exceeds state requirements for professional development. Our training program educates caregivers and teachers on current best practices in child development, health and safety standards, curriculum, classroom best practices, parent/caregiver relationships, and other early childhood education topics.
Through their employment with VKLC, all educators are provided access to an online professional development program which offers a wide assortment of courses. Upon required completion of these courses, staff are awarded continuing education credits (CEUs).