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Our Team

Catherine D. Burch

Owner/ Director

My name is Catherine Burch, every one calls me Ya-Ya, I have over 25 years of experience in the childcare industry. I have obtained my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certification in Human Resources Management from Post University, First Aid Pediatric CPR/AED training. I attend several trainings throughtout the year and educate my staff in their ablitiies to always maintain professionalism. If I am not anything I am a true believer that children can acheive and reach for the stars to become anything and anyone they choose to be. With that being said  welcome to Ya-Ya’ Place Family Daycare come play with us…..

Miss Hope Conner

Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler Room

Hi my name is Hope I am a single mom to Reniyah who is 11 years old. I have been employed at Ya-Ya’s Place Family Daycare for well over 6 years. I am the Infant/Young Toddler Lead teacher. I have over 10 years of experience in the childcare industry. I consistantly go to trainings throughout the year and have enrolled in school to obtain my Associates in Early Childhood Education. I look forward to meeting the new faces of the daycare as well as our seasoned children. This is a great place to be!

Mr. Daniel Simms

Teacher Assistant

Hello, everyone my name is Daniel Simms and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, while also welcoming you all to Ya-Ya’s Place Family Daycare. I have been working with Ya-Ya for about 4 years now and it’s one of the most fulfilling experiences that I’ve been a part of. Believe it or not I also was a child in care a Ya-Ya’s Place Family daycare and in many ways it has helped shaped me into the man I am today. My ability to connect with children is one of God’s blessings; children gravitate towards me mainly because I can relate to them on some level. I am always going to go the extra mile to put a smile on their faces. To conclude Ya-Ya’s Place family daycare is a place that allows children to be children while also giving them a structured environment to learn and grow so that they can be ready for Kindergarten and beyond.

Miss McClendon

Lead Teacher Older Toddler Room

Mrs. Kionna Mitchell

Preschool Teacher

Hello Family & Friends

I have been in the Preschool field for 4 and a half years. I enjoy teaching all ages. However preschool is my most favorite age group because you get to shape and mold young children into leaders and watch them adopt their own independence. My favorite subject to teach is Science.

outside of teaching I run my own tutoring company called Education on Wheels. It is a mobile tutoring service that works with grades preschool-5th in math and reading. I am also a collage student pursuing my bachelors degree in psychology behavioral analysis, I look forward to building new relationships with families as we work together to get your young learner ready for kindergarten

Tara Chiles

Teacher Liason

Victoria Nelson

My name is Victoria Nelson, the Teacher here at Ya-Ya’s Place Family Daycare. I began working in childcare in 2014, and found my passion for children and caretaking since then. I started working at Ya-Ya’s Place in November 2020 and am more than satisfied with my career choice. Currently I am enrolled at Penn State University obtaining a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and in a Child Development Associate program; both to be completed this year. I also am registered for multiple trainings throughout each month for professional development and continuing educational purposes. Learning new ways to make myself and the individuals around me will always be a priority to the workplace. I am the lucky mother to a 1 year old son who is enrolled here, and I get to see the progress he makes thanks to his teachers.

Here at Ya-Ya’s Place I have gotten the privilege to meet & establish strong positive relationships with each child and their parents. My goals are to inspire every child to be the best version of themselves, maintain a well-qualified workplace, and encourage parent involvement. “When you love what you do, you can work all the time.”

Miss Alyse

Hi everyone! I come to Yaya’s from Germantown Friends School where I worked as a Floating Teacher. During the pandemic, I also worked as the preschool remote teacher. As a result, I enjoy finding ways to combine academic learning with technology. This year, I finished the course work for the Childhood Development Associates Certification. I hold an undergraduate degree in music with a voice concentration as well as a graduate degree in Counseling. I love to bring music into my class and you will often find me humming. I would describe myself as caring, encouraging and empathetic. My goal for this year is for your child to discover a love for literacy, math, science, social emotional learning and their own (developmentally appropriate) independence. I look forward to meeting and working with your child this year!

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