About Us

About Us

An Association of Child Care Centers Across WA State

About 75% of the children in state-licensed child care in Washington are in centers. Washington Childcare Centers Association advocates for the child care center owner, center employees, the children, and parents in these centers, and for early education as a whole.

All Washington child care centers are invited to join WCCA to gain a voice in regulations and laws affecting them and the children and families in their care.


Board Members


Luc Jasmin

Luc Jasmin III

President


My name is Luc Jasmin III, and I am the owner of Parkview Early Learning Center in Spokane County. I first began my career working in the public school system and transitioned to early childhood education: working my way up from a teacher to assistant director and then, in 2013, an owner when I purchased Parkview in North Spokane. Growing up a first-generation Haitian-American has really propelled me to understand and focus on, among other factors: equity, racial bias, and cultural differences. My fundamental goal is to help create a solid foundation in which all children can be successful; regardless of their parents, racial background, religious affiliation, economic standing or any other unnecessary obstacle. I also believe in protecting small businesses by mitigating the economic strain we face on a regular basis.


Lois Martin

Lois Martin

Vice President


As the President and Director of Community Day Center for Children, Inc. in Seattle, I have the honor of continuing the tradition of providing a safe and caring place for children that began in 1963 by my mother, Lula A. Martin. I have lived in various places for career and education opportunities, but upon returning to Seattle in the early nineties, I shifted my career focus from corporate America to early learning. In order to become further grounded in this work, I enrolled in my local community college for foundation coursework and later received a Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education & Human Services and a sub-specialization in Administrative/Supervision from Pacific Oaks College. My inspiration comes from my parents, who were consistently engaged in activism and creating change in our community. I find that advocating on behalf of early learning education is vital to fulfilling my goal of leaving a legacy of change for following generations.


Ginger Still

Ginger Still

Board Member


My name is Ginger Still I am the Co-Owner and Executive Director of Kid’s World Childcare, LLC. I started my childcare career in 1989 as a licensed In-home Provider where I mentored 5 new in-home startups. In July of 2002 I opened my first Center with my business partner, today we operate multi-sites in Tri-Cities, WA. In addition to taking on a leadership role in our local community, we stay actively involved in current State childcare issues. Our primary focus is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.


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Jenn Thompson

Board Member


My name is Jennifer Thompson and I am the owner of Liberty Learning Centers Inc. in Orting and the Treasurer of WCCA. I attended classes at Pierce College and went on to have 24 years and counting in the early learning field. I have worked with every age in early learning which ultimately led to owning a center. Throughout my career, I have expanded my family business from one to two centers and had NAEYC accreditation and participate in ACCYN Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood. I am passionate about keeping my business and other centers in Washington up and running so we can continue to serve our children.


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Nicole Sohn

Treasurer


Nicole works with early learning providers, educators and the business community to address access and affordability for families and businesses to high quality early learning.
Nicole has worked in early learning for 19 years as a teacher and Executive Director/owner of a preschool in Spokane, focusing on the impact high quality early learning has on the future success of children in our communities.

Nicole is currently serving on Spokane based Greater Spokane Incorporated’s board of trustees and participates in coalitions and committees across the state to inform early learning policy. She will also be joining the Association of Washington Business board in the fall of 2019.
Nicole holds undergraduate degrees in both communication and children’s studies from Eastern Washington University and is currently obtaining her MBA from Gonzaga University. She and her husband live in Spokane with their two sons.


Julie Schroath

Julie Schroath

Secretary


My name is Julie Schroath, and I am the owner of Creative Kids Learning Center in Kitsap County. In 2000 I began working towards the transition from Family Child Care Provider to center owner. After obtaining a small business loan and leasing a building, Creative Kids opened July 2001, licensed for 49 children. From the beginning, our center had a partnership with Head Start, and is now rated with Early Achievers. In 2016 my focus started to broaden to interest in advocacy work, due to the passing of Initiative 1433 and then learning about expansive changes coming to our industry. A meeting in Seattle sparked the creation of the Washington Childcare Centers Association (WCCA). I'm involved in committee work on Equivalency discussions for Professional Development standards, a committee member on the Workforce Council, a Co-Chair of the Licensed Center Advisory Subcommittee (LCAS).


Kathy Carman

Kathy Carman

Board Member


I am Kathy Carman, and I live with my husband in Stanwood, WA. We have
three adult daughters, five grandchildren, three dogs and two goats. I attended
Western Washington University where I played collegiate volleyball and in 1985,
earned a BA in Family and Community Services with an emphasis in Child
Development and Preschool Education and minored in Psychology. In 1994, I
became a licensed daycare home and then in 1998, opened my Arlington
location, Smokey Point Daycare and Early Learning Center. After beginning our
Early Achiever journey in 2017, we expanded to include ECEAP in 2019. I have
a fundamental belief that children of all backgrounds and ability levels are entitled
to the same opportunities for participation, acceptance and belonging. Because I
strongly believe that Early Learning is critical to our society as a whole, I am now
pursuing opportunities to increase educational equity, and help overcome small
business obstacles in order to help stabilize the Early Learning industry.


Rixa Evershed

Rixa Evershed

Board Member


I have been in the early education and care profession for over 20 years. I started as a family child care provider at Fort Drum, NY. From there I moved into center-based care, where I have worked with all ages, but found my home with infants and toddlers. I also want to give back to younger teachers, providing spaces for our future educators to learn and grow. I also wanted to make sure that children, regardless of background, have access to high-quality learning experiences. For that reason, I became a center director. Throughout my career, centers I have worked for have achieved quality standards such as accreditation through NAEYC and state QRIS programs several times. I serve as adjunct faculty for the early education department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Advocacy is also incredibly important to me. Early educator voices must be at the table. I continue to engage with lawmakers and funders on a federal, state and local level; making sure that policies and rules that are put into place are culturally relevant, equitable and achievable. Currently, I am a center director doing what I can to change the narrative, because children are simply that important.

 

Board Advisors


Perry Langston

Perry Langston


Our family started Kid’s Country 29 years ago in Burien. Since that time it has grown to ten centers from Tacoma to Everett to Issaquah. In those 29 years there have been significant changes with regard to how we are regulated. Not much has changed with regard to the safety and education of the children, but many changes have occurred with how we interact with the various state agencies. I believe it is incumbent on us as providers to ensure that early education is maximized as well as providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children. We must have a seat at the table with the regulatory agencies in Washington State in order to accomplish that, and it is my firm belief the WCCA affords us that venue. I look forward to serving the 1900 plus child care centers in Washington and will be a strong advocate for small business.


Tom

Tom Emery


After obtaining my BA, I taught in elementary and secondary schools for a number of years and for several decades have owned and operated licensed child care centers affiliated with a college. While a classroom teacher, an early childhood education teacher trainer, and a child care center business owner, I have focused on helping children reach their potential. For the last ten years I have been the organizer of the child care centers in one county to advise state agencies and to lobby legislators for child care centers, their clients, and the children in care. I am volunteering with WCCA to continue this effort for early childhood education and care in child care centers in Washington.


Association Administration


Kathryn Garras

Administrative Assistant


 


Gordon Smith III

Media Specialist


 


What Can You Do To Help?

  • Contact us for membership opportunities.
  • Contact your local legislatures to discuss the economic stress that Early Childhood Education is currently facing.
  • Reach out to your local peers and create a contact group within your county.
  • Involve the families in your center, this impacts them as well.

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