Jennifer - Executive Administrator
As the founder of Creche, Jennifer was introduced to working with young children early in life through her mother’s family child care business. Changing diapers, helping with feedings, reading stories and leading playtime with younger children was simply a way of life. Shortly after moving to Manhattan to attend Kansas State University in 2004, a former hobby became a career when she began working in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE). While attending K-State, studying psychology, Jennifer began her professional career in Early Childhood Education in a commercial child care facility, teaching all age groups, infant through school age.
Desiring a more personal relationship with the child and family, Jennifer transitioned into a professional nanny. This transition prompted a quick discovery of an unmet need in the community, and Jennifer aspired to assist many families seeking quality in-home child care. While developing a network of candidates desiring to become nannies or sitters, Jennifer founded a local nanny agency. Within two years, the company had grown to serve over 100 families with 40 nannies and sitters.
While maintaining the nanny service, Jennifer began researching early childhood resources in the Manhattan community; early childhood educational curriculums that coincided with best practice, her family values and Christian beliefs; a delivery model that involved the family in a child’s learning activities; theories and practices of other regions and countries; and a safe comfortable environment for the children and teachers. In late 2011 Jennifer formed the foundation for Creche, and in just under a year it became a reality; opening the doors of the Grand Mere location in August 2012. An expansion, The Cradle at Creche, was added in summer 2015, and a few months later, both sites were awarded national accreditation certification through NAEYC in the fall of 2015. Most recently, Jennifer led the Creche team in opening a third location, Creche at Hertiage Square, in August 2017 in east Manhattan.
Jennifer enjoys staying active in the community and focusing on effective leadership growth, graduating from the Leadership Manhattan program in May 2019. She currently serves as the Executive Administrator of Creche, and resides in Manhattan with her three children.