Teachers & Staff

Board of Directors

CPSC’s non-profit corporation is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected annually by our families. Our strong parent board of nine along with 2 community members and our Executive Director set the pace for change, stability, consistency, and financial stability while paying keen attention to a very high-quality program for young children.

Teachers

Our professional teaching staff is comprised of experienced educators who understand child development and carry the ability to connect theory to practice. Getting to know each child as a unique individual each with their own temperament, ways of navigating the day, and sensing what they need from teachers to feel secure and competent. Recognition of each child’s effort and achievements, as well as plenty of affection and encouragement, will be part of your child’s experience at CPSC.

All teachers have at least 15-semester units in Child Development and years of experience. Many of CPSC’s Teachers also have university degrees: many with A.A., several with B.A., and a couple of M.A. degrees in Child Development, Human Development or related fields of study. The entire CPSC teaching community has LiveScan fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice, CPR, and First Aid Certification, and Mandated Reporter Training.

CPSC’s teaching teams embody the diversity of the Silicon Valley area, rich in culture and traditions from their own families, with a willingness to share this with children and families in our care.

Administrative Staff

While the teachers working directly with children are by far the most important element of quality of a child development program, the administrative staff who support them can significantly enhance their working conditions and provide the support they need to do their best.

Executive Director, Kay Erikson

Kay Erikson has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over a decade and is excited to be the new Executive Director of the Children’s Preschool Center. Prior to coming to the CPSC, Kay worked at a number of Peninsula preschools as both Director and Teacher, including the Highlands Recreation District, Ladera Preschool, Carillon Preschool, and Saratoga Parent Nursery School, a school she helped launch in February of 2016.  She is currently finishing the Masters in Early Childhood Education program from San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in European History from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Kay believes that children learn best through play and exploration – constructing knowledge as they interact with others and the physical world. Creative expression and problem-solving are how children build confidence, learn self-control, and resilience to take on new challenges.  Working closely with staff, she supports them to facilitate rich, joyful learning experiences. In her position, as Executive Director and through her monthly newsletter, she is in the unique role to support families thru parent education.  Kay is the mother of two teenage sons and lives in Portola Valley with her husband, four ducks, a dog, and two 15lb rabbits.  In her free time, she loves to cook and is a passionate collector of antique textiles.

Assistant Director, Javanni Brown

I have had the honor and privilege of co-learning alongside preschoolers for 20 years.  I wholeheartedly believe in the African Proverb of “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.”  I truly believe it to be in the honorary role as one of the sculptors in molding our children’s foundation.  Foundation which children are offered the opportunity to see the world through a lens that is filled with magic, wonder, compassion, and community.  A community that embraces cultural diversity and honors the different kind of learners they are.  Resulting in a foundation in which they see themselves as CAPABLE and COMPETENT learners.  I truly see children as scholars.  I am influenced by the constructivist approach of Lev Vygotsky, the psycho-social theory of Erik Erikson, the ecological system theory of Uri Bronfenbrenner, and those who have and continue to fight for social equality like Marian Wright Edelman, Sojourner Truth, Nelson Mandela, and Myles Horton to name a few.