St. James's Children's Center prepares young hearts and minds for life! We love. We teach. We nourish. We explore.
Since this beginning, the Children's Center has been visionary in realizing that quality early education programs are vital for all children. Current research confirms that early childhood is the most critical time to establish the foundation for success in life. Over and over again, studies have shown that early education for at-risk children can truly change the course of their entire lives. Children who have quality early childhood education do better throughout school, graduate from high school and attain college degrees at greater rates, hold better-paid jobs and lead healthier lives.
Debbie Crawford Lickey previously worked with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at the VCU School of Education, where she is coordinator of the Virginia Paraprofessional Early Childhood Project, a collaborative initiative with the Virginia Community College System that prepares paraprofessionals to work with young children with disabilities and their families in a variety of early childhood settings.
Mrs. Lickey will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Center; providing a safe, healthy, academically and spiritually enriching learning environment; providing leadership for the staff; developing and managing financial resources; and maintaining healthy relationships with the Center’s Board, parents, community leaders and others in the early childhood community.
Before joining the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU, Mrs. Crawford worked as an early childhood special education teacher at Powhatan County Public Schools; a lead teacher of children in the 2½to 3-year-old age range in an inclusive environment at the Sabot School; and as an adjunct faculty member at VCU and John Tyler Community College. She has extensive professional experience in curriculum development, use of evidence-based resources, data collection and measurement, communication strategies for children and families, and social/emotional and behavioral strategies. Additionally, Debbie has made a series of education-focused presentations to fellow professionals, teachers and support staff, and she is co-author of the book “Starting with Their Strengths: Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Special Education,” published in 2011 by Teacher’s College Press.
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