Over the last 10 years, Kamren J.M. Rollins has built his life and career on one simple principle: Servant leadership. This principle is what’s earned him the ability to garner the buy-in from team members, community stakeholders, and city officials throughout Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from McKinley Technology High School, he matriculated to Morehouse College and became a member of the class of 2018. While at Morehouse, he served as the President of the Student Government Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the college, and co-founder and President of LYTEhouse, a mentoring and community engagement organization. He helped to execute Get on the Bus, a series of empowerment ceremonies for students in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. high schools; which has featured over 1500 black-male student participants in workshops concerning awareness, emotional intelligence, identity, and conflict resolution.
Kamren currently serves as the Chief Operating Operating of Sunshine Early Learning Center and the Vice President of Southeast Children’s Fund where he leads the daily operation of these organizations that serve over 250 young children, families, youth, and adults. He is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Black Caucus Mentoring Program, serves as a board member on the DC Early Learning Collaborative, and is a fellow of the National Black Child Development Institute Policy Fellowship for leadership and policy development.
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!
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.
Tiffany Bell is the Pre-K Program Manager 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.”
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.
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.
Born July 12, 1991, in Washington, DC SE into one of the most loving families you will ever meet, although she was not born alone. She also has a twin, Sham’Eya Chatman who has been by her side since day one. They both graduated from Virginia State University with a BA in Visual Communication.
After graduating, she couldn’t find employment in her field of study. So she turned to one of the things she loved most, children. Forgot to mention, Naprea worked in early child care way before she went to college and fell in love with it. She then went back to school to receive her Associates in Early Childhood Education in 2017. From then on she has been in the early child care field learning and growing each day.
A huge accomplishment Naprea has made while at SELC/SCF, is assisting in completing grants and grant applications so that the facility can reach its goal of becoming one of the best worldwide. She believes, maintaining a job with such a massive legacy is an accomplishment in itself. The people she has met and networked with are becoming a remarkable thing and she hopes she can help take it further.
Some fun facts about Naprea are she loves to sing, which is a little trick uses when stepping into the classroom. She loves to travel, so she can learn about different cultures. She’s also a great studio artist and hopes she can use that skill in the future to receive her Master’s in Art Therapy.
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.