Consulting for Early Childhood Nonprofits
My 30+ years in nonprofit work spanned the gamut from direct services to program leadership. I’ve worked as a counselor in community mental health, provided home visiting, facilitated support groups, led classes and developed and delivered training workshops. My direct service perspective informed my program leadership as I innovated new projects, directed teams and provided reflective supervision for staff, and created and coordinated collaborative projects in local and national organizations.
I’m a nationally-recognized speaker, trainer, author a sought after, innovative brainstormer and a nontraditional meeting facilitator. Learn more here.
I bring together all of this experience to help you and your organization.
I’m interested in helping you assure that your staff has the resources needed to reach quality outcomes for children and families. My belief is that this includes a relationship-based and reflective workplace culture, access to reflective supervision, effective self-help strategies and professional development that engages, encourages, inspires and changes practice.
As a forward-thinking, creative and results-oriented professional, I partner with you and your staff in identifying the changes you want to make and developing plans to help get you the results you seek. Often times, reaching these goals is a process. I don’t promise quick fixes to long-standing issues. I do promise to bring the power of my expertise, creativity and organized approach to help your organization to do it’s best.
I’m especially involved in:
Relationship-based and Reflective Practice
Writing for Resilience
Nonprofits I’ve Worked With
I’ve consulted with early childhood nonprofits, educational institutions and consulting groups, including: The Bizzell Group (Maryland), Community Concepts (Maine), FRIENDS National Resource Center (North Carolina), Maryland Family Network (Maryland), the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (New Jersey), Penn Foster College (Pennsylvania), STGi (Virginia), University of Florida, and ZERO TO THREE (Washington, DC). Content areas and projects include:
- Reflective consultation
- Reflective supervision
- Early childhood coaching
- Understanding and preventing burnout
- Developing online content and curriculum
- Planning and facilitating an expert advisory meeting
- Promoting staff members’ resilience
Each of has unique gifts and talents. These may seem so easy and natural to us, we may not even recognize them as something special that we have to offer.
Later, as I put away my new embroidery supplies and thought about the workshop, it occurred to me that Stephanie strengthened my eagerness to learn by integrating the seven characteristics of relationship-based, reflective practice into her teaching style.
That’s the major function of a mind map – to sort out what matters most from a welter of ideas, concepts, thoughts and feelings what matters most.
Nancy is a tireless and proactive contributor to any project she works in or on behalf of; moreover, she is one of those rare people who serve as an inspiration to an entire staff who look up to her as a genuine, true, and outstanding person. With a strong background in Infant Mental Health and counseling, and over twenty years of direct and strong experience, Nancy serves as an educator to us all. It has been a pleasure to work hand-in-hand with Nancy and look forward to continue seeing her impact in the field and in our daily world.Fernando Ascencio
Nancy’s knowledge and expertise in early childhood is unsurpassed. Her combination of professionalism, people skills and ethics makes her a highly sought after speaker and trainer for the early learning field. Whenever contracting with Nancy to provide training or consulting services, it was a consistent, positive and exceptional experience. She is a highly skilled writer, speaker and mentor.Lana Messner, MS Ed, IMH-E (IV)