Kris Barker holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, with specializations in Early Childhood Education and Art Education from Pacific Oaks College. She taught in several different school environments throughout Los Angeles before moving to Whidbey Island in 2004 where she was the co-owner of a fair trade importing business. She joined The South Whidbey Children’s Center first in 2005 on the Board of Directors and then in 2011 as the Executive Director.
Kris believes that The South Whidbey Children’s Center holds a special place in all of our hearts- for its innovative and progressive work with young children and families. She is proud to be a part of the Center’s tradition of quality care, and incorporating new approaches in the Center’s work with children and families.
Caitlin loves being surrounded by children at work. She says that their laughter keeps her young and a hug or snuggle from one of the children is all it takes to turn a bad day into a good one. Caitlin is passionate about the HighScope curriculum used at SWCC, believing that it embraces a way of teaching that is not as prevalent in our current fast-paced, technology-driven way of life. She appreciates that it allows teachers to build on what is happening in the moment. Caitlin has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Alfred University in New York. One of the things Caitlin enjoys most about SWCC is the incredible community of colleagues she has found here over the last 3 years.