Felicia Legardy | Detroit's Early Learning Champion
Felicia Legardy of Crystal Swann Child Care solidifies her spot as a Detroit Early Learning Champion by heeding the call for help from parents and children in her neighborhood during the national pandemic. Legardy opened up her home facility after recovering from her own bout of Covid-19 so children of essential workers wouldn’t be left home alone. She provides the children with a well-rounded early childhood education and has been doing so for over 24 years. She believes in keeping the children safe, loved and educated.
Monique Snyder | Detroit's Early Learning Champion
Monique Snyder doesn’t want any child left home alone. She reached out to Black Family Development and Soar Scholarships so her essential worker and first responder parents could receive annual scholarships for their children to attend Brainiacs Clubhouse Child Development Center during the pandemic and beyond.
Nina Hodge | Detroit's Early Learning Champion
The name Above & Beyond Child Care Center epitomizes what Nina Hodge does for the families who step through her childcare’s threshold. Nina has been going above and beyond by providing resources for food, jobs and healthcare, and even becoming a mentor to parents. She’s there to help uplift the community around her and make it a safe space for every child. Since the pandemic hit, Nina did a revamp of the center to prevent the spread of viruses. The new flooring along with her strict Covid-19 protocols and, of course, her cheery attitude, help to ease the minds of all the Above & Beyond families.
Felecia Slappy | Detroit's Early Learning Champion
Felecia Slappy makes virtual learning easier on her students and their families by finding resources for all their virtual learning needs; laptops, crayons, paper, pencils, you name it! She also makes sure families have access to food and health services, even pointing them to Covid-19 testing when needed.