I have cherished my work in this industry. My journey in Early Childhood began in 1997 when I started a Family Child Care Center in my home along with my two children, (Tamara’s Tiny Tots). During this time in my home I was able to complete my Degree in Early Childhood Education. After many requests to grow, I expanded to a Group Child Care Center in my home. My Center was very successful. In 2003, my children were getting older than daycare age so I decided it was time to move my Center out of my home. I opened Creative Learning Center in September 2003. My dream is to guide and educate all the children in my care. We have many different programs going on during the day. We have partnered with many agencies in the Early Intervention Field which will help us help your child reach their highest potential in early childhood development and learning. Thank you for your interest in our Center.
Big Mike worked along with Miss Tamara in their home daycare “Tamara’s Tiny Tots.” He volunteered his time at the Center on his days off from his primary job. Big Mike also assisted Miss Tamara when “Tamara’s Tiny Tots” moved out of their home to Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley Inc. Big Mike has retired from his primary job and is working full time at CLCLV. Big Mike wears many hats at CLCLV from billing & receiving, ordering, oversees the Food Program by making sure quality food is ordered, serving sizes are appropriate for each age group, maintenance, helping in the classroom when needed in both Forks and Palmer Centers. He is cherished by the children, parents and staff.
My name is Jennifer Brittain and my passion has always been working with children. Immediately upon entering school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I continued to aspire as such. In December 2006, I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. In July 2007, I accepted a teaching position in Crisfield, Maryland. While teaching, in August 2014, I completed my Master’s Degree in ESL Education. In September 2014, I welcomed my son, Jacob, into the world. By the end of the school year, I decided to move back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. In October 2015, I became the ESL Teacher at the Arts Academy Elementary School in Allentown. After a budget lay off In April, I took time off to be a stay-at-home mom. By August 2017, I welcomed my daughter, Jaylynn, into the world. In April 2018, I was given the amazing opportunity to become an Infant/Young Toddler Teacher. The experiences and knowledge I gained was indescribable and the bonds created are irreplaceable. In August of this year, I took upon the responsibility of becoming the Director of the Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley in Forks Township. My educational philosophy is embedded with the ideology that all children are life-longer learners. Every child has the ability to be successful and we as educators have the responsibility to provide the most nurturing, structured and supportive environment possible to allow all children to thrive.
Gabriela has been employed by Creative Learning Center of the Lehigh Valley since January 2014. Gabriela graduated from East Stroudsburg University majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Starting in our Preschool 3 classroom Gabriela worked on getting children ready for Kindergarten and helped with homework with the aftercare school agers. When we expanded our center, Gabriela moved to our School Age room where she worked with the before and after care children as well as the Easton half day Kindergarteners. While working in the school age classroom Gabriela created our full day Kindergarten curriculum and got it approved by the Board of Education. Gabriela also went back to school for her Director Credential Certification and became the Director at our Palmer location. As the Director Gabriela is responsible for meeting and greeting all new students and parents, overseeing our curriculum and helping to make academic decisions that enhance the well-being of all our students. She observes our teachers very closely and conducts evaluations on each teacher and their classrooms regularly. Gabriela is responsible for making sure all teachers have their yearly training hours completed and that they are current with CPR, Fire and FIRST Aid training and certifications. Gabriela is very diligent in following all the Keystone Stars rules and regulations, ensuring all classrooms are more than just compliant. Knowing that it can be hard to leave your child, Gabriela strives to make sure your family feels welcomed and involved in our center.