Our Staff - Who Are We?

Michelle - Director for The Cradle

Michelle grew up interacting with children of diverse backgrounds, religions and cultures. Although she was born in Manhattan, she grew up overseas and has lived in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Burma, Oman and Senegal.  Read more.

Micah - Director of Heritage Square

Micah is a Kansas native and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Services, and is currently completing her Master’s in Family and Community Services with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction through Kansas State University. Read more.

Jillian - Director

Throughout her college and post-collegiate courses; work and educational experiences, Jillian has developed a strong sense of early childhood development, developmentally appropriate practices, effective teachings strategies, classroom management, the importance of environments and room arrangement, and positive relationship and discipline techniques. Read more.

Jennifer - Executive Administrator

Jennifer spent much time researching resources in the Manhattan community; early childhood educational curriculums that coincided with best practice, her values and Christian beliefs; a delivery model that involved the family in a child’s learning activities; and a safe comfortable environment for the children and staff. Read more.

Full-Time Teaching Staff

We are a diverse and professionally trained team of well-educated early childhood facilitators who provide quality childcare and early education. We firmly believe all children are unique, and treat them as such by custom-designing our lessons to match their individual needs. At Creche, we provide each child a safe, supportive, respectful, nurturing, stimulating, and fun environment. Our teachers use the environment to set up age appropriate hands-on experiences to stimulate growth and development through exploration. We value and support families by meeting their child's needs and by providing frequent communication about their child regarding their individual growth and development. We encourage our parents to get to know us, visit us, and partner with us to ultimately provide the best learning experience for their child.

Part-Time Teaching Staff

We employ part-time staff to assist our Teachers, many of which are Kansas State University undergrads or masters students, studying education, or related fields. These individuals are a valuable asset to our program. When we interview student staff, we look for persons who have had direct experience with children in childcare, preschool, missions work, or camp counseling. We seek enthusiastic staff members who truly enjoy working with young children.

All new staff members attend an orientation meeting. Student staff also attend regular workshops and monthly training meetings during the year. We continuously teach positive techniques for working with young children, developmentally appropriate practice techniques, and developmental information about children. All staff must submit background clearances to KDHE. Licensing prohibits us from employing any people who have convictions of child abuse, child neglect, or most forms of assault. All staff undergoes Tuberculosis skin tests and health physicals. Our staff is also required to complete training in First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, Safe Sleep, Signs and Symptoms of Illness, Child Development training, and more.