"All children deserve to have a quality foundation in a stimulating, interesting environment coupled with a skilled caregiver employing developmentally appropriate practices. This will encourage each child's curiosity, active learning, problem solving skills, language development, and lead to their positive self-image and success in life."
- Sebreana Domingue, Young Child Wellness Coordinator for Project LAUNCH, NAEYC member since 2010.
Tell us about your work with young children:
I am the local Young Child Wellness Coordinator for Project LAUNCH, a federally funded program, for children ages 0 to 8. LAUNCH helps young children reach social, emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive milestones. The program aims to do this by providing improved service coordination, infrastructure development and innovative service delivery.
Why did you become a member?
A mentor and friend of mine was very actively involved with NAEYC and she encouraged me to join. I saw becoming a member as an opportunity to further work on behalf of young children and learn about the wonderful things going on in early childhood development.
How has NAEYC membership impacted your career and influenced your work with young children?
My membership has afforded me the opportunity to attend conferences at a discounted rate, receive resources, and learn more about early childhood development and best practices in the field. This has significantly impacted my career and helped me to be named to the NAEYC National Affiliate Council as a representative for Louisiana. My affiliation with NAEYC has enhanced my career and provided outstanding opportunities for me to advance in the field.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
My favorite benefits are the wonderful books and magazines that we receive as a resource
What is your dream for the future of early-childhood education?
I think we need to provide ALL children from low income homes with high-quality early childhood education. All children deserve to have a quality foundation in a stimulating, interesting environment coupled with a skilled caregiver employing developmentally appropriate practices. This will encourage each child's curiosity, active learning, problem solving skills, language development, and lead to their positive self-image and success in life. I believe that in order to develop a child, early childhood systems must have positive connections with families through communication, understanding, and interactive educational experiences.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I’ve loved assembling a Young Child Wellness Council that works to improve the system of delivery in our area . The council will ensure that all children and their families have access to the services they need. I serve as a facilitator for this undertaking, and I use the Theory of Change to start a participatory process that sets up a seamless system of care for young children's wellness in Southwest, Louisiana.
What three accomplishments, personal and/or professional you are most proud of?
1. My daughter is a college graduate! She is a smart, articulate and beautiful young lady. (A perk is that she graduated in fashion merchandising and she keeps her Mom well dressed)
2. I completed my Master's Degree in December of 2013, a lifelong dream of mine.
3. I will serve as the new President of Louisiana AEYC in January and NAEYC’s Institute for Professional Development will be held in New Orleans later that same year!
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou before she died and talk to her about her writings and how she tackled the task of writing. She made it seem so effortless. I would love to find out what she thinks about education, and young children and their growth and development and how we can make them lovers of words, writing and reading!