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Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

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Allison Jesus

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Allison Jesus

This week, we are proud to feature Allison Jesus, who is a Program Assistant with Imagine. Meet Allison She grew up in Western Washington, but her roots as a Pacific Islander have shaped the way Allison Jesus views her community. She decided to focus on child care at an early age and has now found a home at the Imagine Institute. “I was looking for a new job working with youth. So, I stumbled across Imagine and fell in love with their whole mission

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Renata Bryant

This week, we are proud to feature Renata Bryant, who is currently the new Community and Advocacy Specialist with Imagine. Meet Renata She has spent most of her life advocating for child care and families, and now Renata is bringing her skills to Imagine in a new position designed to help providers get the help and support they need. Renata Bryant is now the Community and Advocacy Specialist at Imagine and will serve as the voice between lawmakers and early learning providers.

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Sabah Saed

Imagine Staff Spotlight: 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

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Cate Bridenstine

Imagine’s executive director, Cate Bridenstine, does most of her work behind the scenes. This week, we’re featuring her on the blog to tell the story of why she started working for Imagine and what she envisions for the future of our programs, our industry and our society. Meet Cate When the Imagine Institute began, founding executive director Cate Bridenstine did a little bit of everything — building furniture for the new office and bussing tables at Imagine’s first event, alongside the enormous

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Traveling to Ghana: The Trip of a Lifetime

This week, we are proud to feature child care provider James Browne and his family. James Browne – Traveling to Ghana It’s tough to describe the feeling of getting to know your ancestral roots, and getting to do it with your family by your side. But that’s exactly what James Browne got to do just a few months ago when he and his family were invited to go on a trip to Ghana, thanks to the Imagine Institute. Joining PREPARE For Care

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Imagine Spotlight: Tatiana Trujillo

This week, we are proud to feature child care provider Tatiana Trujillo. Meet Tatiana On Valentine’s Day, a 2-year-old girl in Tatiana Trujillo’s child care facility brought heart-shaped donuts to share with her classmates. Watching the girl’s excited face as she walked in with the box reminded Tatiana of why she loves working with small children. “It’s sometimes bad days, sometimes good days, but those kind of excitement for little things, it makes me excited,” she says. Moments like these show Tatiana

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Imagine Spotlight: Gloria Vasquez Hernandez

This week and for International Women’s Day, we are proud to feature Imagine U lead mentor and state-approved trainer Gloria Vasquez Hernandez. Meet Gloria When Gloria Vasquez Hernandez decided to open a family child care businesses in Wenatchee, Washington, she knew she could provide a safe and caring space. She knew she could fill a need in her community. But she didn’t know how to become licensed. Gloria found herself frustrated with complex requirements and paperwork. She considered quitting, but pressed on

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Imagine Spotlight: Yasmin

We have so many dedicated people working at Imagine and want to share some of their stories. Check out the Imagine Staff Spotlight of Yasmin! Meet Yasmin Yasmin is Imagine’s program assistant for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program, helping English, Somali, and Arabic-speaking child care providers apply for critical funding to stabilize their businesses. Yasmin first got involved in the immigrant community as a high schooler in Salt Lake City, by helping kids communicate – translating and figuring out

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Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

Read More
A professional portrait of a woman with dark hair and a blue sweater

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

Read More
Allison Jesus

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Allison Jesus

This week, we are proud to feature Allison Jesus, who is a Program Assistant with Imagine. Meet Allison She grew up in Western Washington, but her roots as a Pacific Islander have shaped the way Allison Jesus views her community. She decided to focus on child care at an early age and has now found a home at the Imagine Institute. “I was looking for a new job working with youth. So, I stumbled across Imagine and fell in love with their whole mission

Read More

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Renata Bryant

This week, we are proud to feature Renata Bryant, who is currently the new Community and Advocacy Specialist with Imagine. Meet Renata She has spent most of her life advocating for child care and families, and now Renata is bringing her skills to Imagine in a new position designed to help providers get the help and support they need. Renata Bryant is now the Community and Advocacy Specialist at Imagine and will serve as the voice between lawmakers and early learning providers.

Read More
Sabah Saed

Imagine Staff Spotlight: 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

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Cate Bridenstine

Imagine’s executive director, Cate Bridenstine, does most of her work behind the scenes. This week, we’re featuring her on the blog to tell the story of why she started working for Imagine and what she envisions for the future of our programs, our industry and our society. Meet Cate When the Imagine Institute began, founding executive director Cate Bridenstine did a little bit of everything — building furniture for the new office and bussing tables at Imagine’s first event, alongside the enormous

Read More

Traveling to Ghana: The Trip of a Lifetime

This week, we are proud to feature child care provider James Browne and his family. James Browne – Traveling to Ghana It’s tough to describe the feeling of getting to know your ancestral roots, and getting to do it with your family by your side. But that’s exactly what James Browne got to do just a few months ago when he and his family were invited to go on a trip to Ghana, thanks to the Imagine Institute. Joining PREPARE For Care

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Tatiana Trujillo

This week, we are proud to feature child care provider Tatiana Trujillo. Meet Tatiana On Valentine’s Day, a 2-year-old girl in Tatiana Trujillo’s child care facility brought heart-shaped donuts to share with her classmates. Watching the girl’s excited face as she walked in with the box reminded Tatiana of why she loves working with small children. “It’s sometimes bad days, sometimes good days, but those kind of excitement for little things, it makes me excited,” she says. Moments like these show Tatiana

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Gloria Vasquez Hernandez

This week and for International Women’s Day, we are proud to feature Imagine U lead mentor and state-approved trainer Gloria Vasquez Hernandez. Meet Gloria When Gloria Vasquez Hernandez decided to open a family child care businesses in Wenatchee, Washington, she knew she could provide a safe and caring space. She knew she could fill a need in her community. But she didn’t know how to become licensed. Gloria found herself frustrated with complex requirements and paperwork. She considered quitting, but pressed on

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Yasmin

We have so many dedicated people working at Imagine and want to share some of their stories. Check out the Imagine Staff Spotlight of Yasmin! Meet Yasmin Yasmin is Imagine’s program assistant for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program, helping English, Somali, and Arabic-speaking child care providers apply for critical funding to stabilize their businesses. Yasmin first got involved in the immigrant community as a high schooler in Salt Lake City, by helping kids communicate – translating and figuring out

Read More