Each episode, released on the last Friday of every month, will feature a different guest, some from our Delaware early childhood education community and some from across the country, who will share their unique perspectives on important topics.


Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. – CEO, Council for Professional Recognition

Chrishana Lloyd – Research Scholar, Child Trends

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes – Vice President of National Policy, Start Early

Jerletha McDonald – National Family Child Care Advocate & Business Consultant

Rhondalin Cannon-Tingle – Rhonda’s Little Angels Daycare and Preschool 

Colleen Millman – Delaware Technical Community College Child Development Center

Sarah Reyes – ECE Program Owner & Administrator (Seeds of Jesus Daycare)

Erika Vidal – Family Child Care Program Owner & Educator (Fabiana’s Place)

Corsica Jones – Redding Program Coach, Early Childhood Educator (A Leap of Faith CDC)

Patti Lynch – Professional Development Resource Center (PDRC) Coordinator, Wilmington Early Care & Education Council (WECEC)

Tina Thomas – Family Child Care Veteran, DIEEC Family Child Care Networks Coordinator


Season 1, Episode 1: “Making Connections” feat. Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes currently serves as the vice president of national policy at Start Early and previously held the position of associate secretary with the Delaware Department of Education.

She’s done extensive work in the field including former positions as deputy chief for policy and research at Child Care Aware of America, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Families, and director of the federal Office of Head Start within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Yvette has dedicated her professional career to understanding how policy, research and implementation impact lifelong outcomes for young children and their families struggling with adversities, including low-income families, migrant and seasonal farm workers, immigrant communities, American Indian and Alaska Natives, and dual language learners

We loved speaking with Yvette and are appreciative of this meaningful conversation. Listen Below!

Season 1, Episode 2: “DIEEC Educators of the Year” feat. Rhondalin Cannon-Tingle & Colleen Millman

Rhondalin Cannon-Tingle is the owner of Rhonda’s Little Angels Daycare and Preschool in Seaford, Del. where she specializes in preschool and kindergarten readiness, outdoor learning, and school-age programs. She is the 2022 recipient of the DIEEC Family Child Care Educator of the Year award.

Colleen Millman currently serves as a preschool classroom lead teacher at the Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) Child Development Center (CDC) at the Georgetown campus. She is the 2022 recipient of the DIEEC Classroom Educator of the Year award.

Listen below!

Season 1, Episode 3: “Where the Classroom Meets the Research” feat. Chrishana M. Lloyd, PhD & Sarah Reyes

Chrishana M. Lloyd, Ph.D.

Lloyd currently serves as a research scholar for Child Trends in New Jersey. Child Trends “is the nation’s leading research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

Sarah Reyes

Reyes is currently the owner of Seeds of Jesus Daycare in Wilmington, DE. Her center is bi-lingual, offering teaching staff who speak both English and Spanish giving the children an enriching experience.

Listen below!

Season 1, Episode 4: “Small Beginnings, Big Impact” feat. Erika Vidal

Erika Vidal is a family child care owner and educator based out of Bear, Delaware. With nearly two decades of experience, Erika is always eager to share her valuable insights on how small actions can lead to a big impact in the early childhood education field.

Listen now!

Season 1, Episode 5: “A Seat at the Table” feat. Jerletha McDonald

Jerletha McDonald is a social entrepreneur, family child care business consultant, national speaker and visual podcast host of The Jerletha McDonald Show: Everything Childcare. She has also owned and operated a family child care center for 15 years prior to her work today. McDonald is a prominent figure in her community by providing the necessary resources for family child care businesses and has a special interest in economic security and leadership development of women and girls. Listen below!

Season 1, Episode 6: “Men in the Field of Early Childhood” feat. Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr.

Dr. Moore stands smiling in a blue suit jacket and shirt with white stars with a background of trees behind him.

Dr. Calvin E. Moore, Jr. is an accomplished leader in early childhood education and was appointed CEO of the CDA Council in May 2020. He’s also the Council’s first CEO to hold its early education credential, the Child Development Associate (CDA).

Dr. Moore’s extensive experience in the field includes serving in large and small, urban and rural, center-based and family child care-based programs, and programs focused mainly on Hispanic families. He’s also held senior roles directing complex federal and state departments that improve outcomes for underserved children and families. Premieres Friday, March 31.

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Season 1, Episode 7: “An Open Book” feat. Tina Thomas

Dr. Moore stands smiling in a blue suit jacket and shirt with white stars with a background of trees behind him.

Tina Thomas left her corporate position after 12 years to start her own family child care (FCC) business as a result of her love of children. She owned and operated Little Comfort’s Childcare in Wilmington for 11 years before transitioning to the role of FCC Networks Coordinator with DIEEC. She loves supporting FCC professionals through her new role.

Learn more about Tina and her story on episode 7 of the podcast!

Season 1, Episode 8: “Building Relationships” feat. Patti Lynch & Corsica Jones

Patti Lynch is currently the Coordinator for the Wilmington Early Care and Education Council (WECEC) Professional Development Resource Center, located in Stubbs Early Learning Center in the City of Wilmington. She is also a Professional Development Specialist for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She has been in this field for over thirty five years; throughout her career, she has built relationships with so many children, families, colleagues, and community partners.

Corsica Jones is currently a supervisor and coach for the Redding program and also works with Early Head Start at A Leap of Faith CDC in Wilmington. She began her career as an assistant teacher at the Central YMCA, then moved on to a lead teacher position at the Ministry of Caring for ten years before spending the last three at A leap of Faith. She is currently a senior at Springfield College and plans to graduate in the Fall of 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

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