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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Sabah Saed

Sabah Saed

This week, we are proud to feature Sabah Saed, who is currently a Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program Lead.

Meet Sabah

Sabah Saed has been with the Imagine Institute for years, and says she is excited to still be a part of the great work they are doing. Sabah is currently one of the leads for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program, but she has had many different roles throughout her time with Imagine, and each step has given her a better understanding of what the organization means to providers and the community they serve.

“It was a wonderful journey as a provider, mentor, trainer, and a staff. It’s created support, community and guidance and those things have made it easier for me to be a resource to others,” she says.

From somalia to seattle

Sabah grew up in Mogadishu, Somalia, and found inspiration within her own family. Her father was a police officer, and her mother ran her own business. Sabah said she finished high school in Somalia, before heading to the United States to get her AA degree. She is now working on getting her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Sabah found out about Imagine back in 2016 while working as a child care provider. She says from the moment she heard about the organization, she knew she wanted to get involved.

“The reason I joined Imagine Institute was their vision and mission which is based on creating open and diverse culture,” she says. “I wanted to reach and be a part of the wonderful work Imagine is doing in different communities.”

jOURNEY WITH IMAGINE

Sabah said she started out as a mentor with Imagine, then moved to become a trainer, and finally joined the staff full time. This has allowed her to gain the trust of others in the child care community, and Somali community.

“It was a wonderful journey, as a provider, mentor, trainer, and a staff. It’s created support, community and guidance and those things have made it easier for me to be a resource to others,” she says.

Sabah is a mother of 8, and she has also helped countless other children during her time as a provider. She works closely with the Somali community to help providers find placements for children, and to improve outreach.

“Imagine is an organization that reaches out to many communities in Washington State including my community,” she says. “They have staff who speak different languages and come from different backgrounds. They have helped with training and grants and helped with the needs of the community.”

Sabah is excited to be a part of the future of Imagine. From an idea to reality, Imagine has transformed the child care community and Sabah is ready for what’s to come!

“I know Imagine will reach more providers thoughtout Washington State and expand their work for their different departments… Imagine is an organization that is committed to empowering providers, understanding their uniqueness and experiences, and building the next generation.”

Thank you, Sabah, for all your commitment and hard work with the Imagine family!