Meet the Director
As a student walking through the doors at the childcare center across the street from her high school reporting for the first day of her first job, little did Cindy Morris know that she was walking into a career. However, that is exactly what happened.
That assistant teaching position at the childcare center led to a series of roles in early education throughout Central and Eastern Washington. In Cindy’s words, she “discovered a rewarding and very unexpected career choice and never looked back.”
Along the way, Cindy volunteered for local early learning coalitions, including Safe Kids, which helped her to recognize the importance of the community at large in early learning. Now, in her current role serving the ECEAP and B3QI programs for ESD123, Cindy says her favorite part of her job is the community collaborations and partnerships. In fact, those collaborations are crucial. Explains Cindy, “these partnerships result in programs and services that create opportunities for early childhood educators and caregivers to recognize their strengths and capabilities and build on them.”
According to Cindy, the B3QI program is made possible only through community collaboration and partnership. “Project Launch is one example of program models that exists through the B3QI collaborative system,” notes Cindy. “We work closely with our early childhood program agency partners to provide comprehensive services for young children, their families, and caregivers throughout Southeast Washington. Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington (a program of Community Minded Enterprises) is an integral partner, and we are thankful for their continued collaborations within ESD123 early learning programs, including B3QI and ECEAP.”