Saliha is from the Washington, DC area. Serving children and families and wards 7 and 8 for four years. She has a passion for medicine and nursing. Holistically caring for the children in Washington, DC is her goal. Not only providing them with their educational needs, but their healthcare needs as well. Early Childhood Education chose me. Frances J. Rollins and Helen Smith had me sitting under the desk doing small tasks since the age of 13. From daily runs and errands to balancing the checkbooks and learning about how to run an early childhood education facility. I then grew in the organization from there. I have received 2 Bachelors degrees (in Biology and Nursing). My dream is to provide healthcare services and holistic care to people of color. Giving them the opportunity to have the care that they need from people who understand their needs.
Mr. Sonny is the Chief Information Officer at Sunshine Early Learning Center. He has a degree in Computer Science. He has taught Information Technology to high school students for a number of years! He has been a part of the Sunshine Early Learning Center/ Southeast Children’s Fund Family for over a decade. He is now helping the organization through troubleshooting Information technology needs (software and hardware), CCTV Installation, VOIP Phones, Payroll Processing, and many other intricate tasks. In his spare time, he loves to watch basketball and football. His favorite team is the Chicago Bulls!
Tiffany Bell is the Center Director of Sunshine Early Learning Center. Ms. Bell taught as a Pre-K 3 teacher for four years at Sunshine Early Learning Center where she embraced her young scholars with love and compassion. Ms. Bell believes in the growth and development of young children. Ms. Bell’s favorite approach to learning is holistically and the Reggio Emilia approach. She believes that each scholar can learn through experiences, research, play, self-direction, and lots of love!
Ms. Bell graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Early Adolescents. She has been in the field of Early Education for 6 years. During her time at Sunshine Early Learning Center, she has completed the ECE Advocacy Ambassador Leadership Program, was a guest speaker for the Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers, participated and spoke at the first Children are Citizens Conference, and participated in the Peer Learning Community with DC Child Care Connections.
Her main goal and focus are to continue to serve the community and to achieve the best high quality Pre-K Program across the District of Columbia. Ms. Bell is a member of the illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She enjoys reading, listening to music, playing basketball, going to church, and spending time with family!
Janie Horne has supported the Sunshine Early Learning Center(SELC), Pre K Expansion Program for the last 11 years. As the Administrative Assistant, Janie supported families with enrollment processing and also supported staff in the PreK Program. Janie(also known as Ms.Janie) moved into the SELC Eligibility Coordinator role in October 2020. Building upon her previous experience, Janie currently supports families applying for subsidies at SELC. Janie Horne is a graduate of the HBCU, University of District of Columbia, with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. She also holds a CDA credential, Child Development Associate, in preschool from the Council for Professional Recognition.
Janie was instilled with the importance of education at a young age. Growing up, she was told by her family to get a good education and she took that to heart; Janie was one of the first to graduate college in her family. Mrs.Horne takes this sense of vigor and unflinching determination in her service to others. Janie supports her church in the employment ministry, and the nurse ministry, and finds her biggest sense of value is in helping others. Mrs.Janie states “My goal is to make a difference and be supportive in all and any area of education, whether it’s an infant, toddler, young child or adult.”
My name is Donald Postell and I am the Facility manager here at Sunshine Early Learning center. I am a very hard worker and love to make sure the facility runs smoothly throughout the day by providing the necessary care to keep things up and running. I was given the opportunity to work at Sunshine Early Learning Center 10 years ago and I loved it from the beginning . I have always loved children and I use my time assisting maintenance by making sure the center is a clean and safe environment for the students.I love to play basketball and drive my old school car. I am a family man and love to spend time with my family on days when I’m not working.
Ms. Crews started her career at Sunshine Early Learning Center as an intern and 6 months later she was a part of the SELC/SCF team. Under Ms. Frances J Rollins leadership and guidance and the rest is pretty much history; Ms. Crews’ entry level position led her to learn the operations of the organization in many areas for almost 10 years which has allowed her to be the sunshine at Sunshine. Ms. Crews gained her love for children and early education many years before when she became an employee for DCPS as a Lead teacher for the Pre-K and Kindergarten students for 10 years prior to being at Sunshine.
Ms. Crews currently holds the Family Engagement Specialist position, which is a new endeavor for her but has always been a part of her heart supporting and caring for the families at SELC . As the family engagement specialist a part of her job is incorporating a blend of traditional and progressive techniques into daily activities. Facilitates clear communication between children, parents and fellow staff members.
As always thank you for your continued support.
Ms. Crews goals for Sunshine Early Learning Center’s dynamic team of staff, parents and families are to engage activities that are systemic and integrated across program foundations and program impact areas, family engagement outcomes are achieved, resulting in children who are healthy and ready for public and charter schools upon moving forward, parent and family engagement activities are grounded in positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships for all.
Tamara L. Miller was born in Montgomery County but raised in Prince George’s county. She attended Central High and graduated in 2007. After graduating High School, Tamara attended Penn Foster University where she received her certification in Child Care Management. During her time in school, Tamara realized the need for Early Learning. Which is why she chose this field. Tamara also chose the early learning field based on her background where she was the only child and watched her mother enjoy being a preschool teacher for many years. This inspired Tamara to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Tamara has now been in the Early Learning field for 10+ years. A huge accomplishment that Tamara has made while being employed at Sunshine Early Learning Center is becoming a teacher and being promoted to the Infant and Toddler Manager in a short period. Some fun facts about Tamara Miller: she is very creative, adventurous and loves to travel any chance she gets.
Myra Davis was born in Washington DC but now resides in PG County. Myra attended and graduated from T. Roosevelt Senior High School. Myra chose to start and stay in the field of Early Childhood because she has a love for children that comes strongly from her heart. Myra worked in a family-owned Child Care Center for 15+ years before coming to Sunshine Early Learning Center/ Southeast Children’s Fund in 2015. In June of 2015 Myra earned her Child Development Associate Credentials, she has now been with us for 7 years. Myra Davis was promoted to the Administrative Assistant position in November 2021.
Some fun facts about Myra Davis: she Loves to sing and is a member of a gospel recording group from the DMV area, she’s a gamer and enjoys playing GTA, Need for Speed, and others. She recently started learning to crochet (thanks to Ms. Cynthia). Finally, she loves spoiling her Dog.