valley kids learning center program director


We’re pleased to introduce Katie Johnson, the Valley Kid’s Learning Center Director. Katie is passionate about seeing kids grow and develop so that they can experience success in learning and success in life. Katie brings a variety of educational experiences to her role as Director. As a lifelong learner, she has her BS Degree from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education. Prior to joining the VKLC staff, Katie worked for 16 years as an elementary school teacher in the public school system here in the Kalamazoo area.

Katie is married to Aaron, and they have two children.

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 childcare environment for kids to learn and grow.

Background Clearances

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.

Professional Development

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).