Kimberly Engstrom, M.Ed.*
Language Special Instructor
“I went to work for CARE for Children because CARE stands for the same philosophies that are important to me; empowerment through education, inclusion, and CARE’s active role in “improving the lives of children of all abilities. I believe the best part of working at CARE is watching the excitement and joy on a child’s face as they accomplish something that they never thought they could. CARE for Children is truly for the child.”
Kimberly earned a Masters of Education in Special Education from Edinboro University and a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Lock Haven University. She was selected to attend the 2007 Pennsylvania Governors Institute for Early Literacy. She has over ten years experience in early childhood programs and began her career at CARE in 2000.
Kimberly is the teacher for Rainbow Corner Preschool, but her responsibilities include the overall programmatic operation of all of CARE’s early learning programs (including the implementation and delivery of a curriculum that meets the pre-K standards in all developmental areas and provides the students with the school readiness skills needed for Kindergarten). Kimberly also was instrumental in starting developmental playgroups at CARE for children between 24 and 42 months of age which focuses on language development, sensory exploration and social skills in a child-initiated play environment.
As a Special Instructor, Kimberly provides therapy for children between the ages of birth and three years with a 25% delay in cognitive or social/emotional development. The therapy, offered in the child’s natural environment, is family-centered and incorporates each family’s strengths, routines, needs and priorities to help the child reach his or her full potential. In 2009 Kimberly was in the first class of 60 special instructors state-wide to be certified with a language credential for children birth to five.
Kimberly resides in Bradford with her husband Craig, son, two dogs and two cats.