As a provider of quality care and education, each member of The Little House Next Door staff participates in the required Department of Children and Families training. As an accredited center, our teachers participate well beyond the educational requirements per the state and seek to strengthen their skills in classroom and interactions with children and families throughout the year by attending seminars, onsite and online training as well. These trainings reinforce the fundamental concepts of teaching along with focusing on specific development for children within the infant to five-year range.
Bernadette comes from California and has lived in Florida since 1982. She worked originally within the Orange County schools in an elementary school as a teacher’s aide which she found very rewarding and began her career working with children. She was asked to oversee the preschool children at her church, creating a ‘Mom’s Morning Out’ program which operated Monday through Fridays. She operated this program, which expanded to a youth group that did community outreach as well as fundraisers. After many years in this capacity, Bernadette left the younger children and worked for Volunteers of America in their residential programs for at-risk youth ages 11-17 for a seven-year period. At this time she has the best of both worlds; she enjoys working at the House Next Door as the Director of our childcare facility, The Little House Next Door Child Development Center with children 0-5 as well as The Homework Club and the TEAM programs who have children ranging from 6-17.