TKW Consulting is owned and operated by Tammy K. Wachter.Tammy has been in the early child care profession since 1980. She has cared for over 500 children in four states and has owned and operated state licensed child care facilities as well as family child care. Tammy currently owns and operates Kidsville Family Child Care in Spicer, Minnesota.Tammy has been involved with early care education for over 30 years. She has been involved with all aspects of conference planning and organization. As a past VP of Education for the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, she has helped with the planning and execution of several conferences across the State of Minnesota. She is also a much sought after trainer and speaker. She is a certified to train many child care education projects and has helped in the initial planning stages of several of these projects. She is also dedicated to the promotion of quality early care through education and is a vocal advocate for children, early care, and professionalism in the child care profession. Tammy provides early care training to over 1000 people each year at conferences and workshops.A few things that I strongly believe:•Child care is an excellent and important choice of occupation.•Early caregivers should be dedicated to promoting the growth and development of children. •Early child care is a profession and a business that should be run using fair and sound business practices.•Early caregivers should enjoy children: playing with them; talking and listening to them; and watching them learn, grow, and develop in positive ways.•Children should be heard and seen.•Care giving with love, listening, and guidance goes a long way to producing positive outcomes with children in our care.•Courtesy and respect for others and their property are traits to be taught and fostered for the benefit of our business, our communities, and our future.•The child care profession is one of the most rewarding professions that can have a major impact on our current and future society.GOALS of TKW Consulting:•To promote educational, mental, social, and physical development of children in a safe, sanitary environments that are enjoyable, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate for the child.•To increase the professionalism and proficiency of all people involved in early childhood.•To improve the quality of care for children through education for early caregivers.•To encourage parental involvement in the care and development of their children in a child care home or facility.•To improve the public image and perceptions of the early care profession.Tammy's Professional Achievements: •Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development from Rasmussen College.••Approved Acheive Trainer I with the MN Center for Professional Development••Degree as a Child Care Specialist.••State certified C.B.T.A. designation (Competency Based Training Assessment Program).••C.D.A. (Child Development Associate) credential in family childcare.••4 Star program for Parent Aware••CDA advisor for both family and center based child care.••NAFCC (National Association of Family Child Care) Accreditation••Accreditation Observer for the NAFCC (National Association of Family Child Care)••Inclusion Consultant for the Center for Inclusive Child Care••PFI (Partnerships for Inclusion) Consultant for QUINCE project (Quality Interventions for Early Care and Education)••Certified Mentor and Mentor trainer for MLFCCA (MN Licensed Family Child Care Association)I am also a certified trainer for the following programs and projects:•Second Step••Dollars and Sense••MN Ounce••SEEDS••SEEDS Coaching••Project Exceptional••Building Cultural Connections••Not By Chance (school readiness training)••Parent AwareI am a member of:•ACA (Adults and Children’s Alliance)••MCCPIN (Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network)••MnAEYC (Minnesota Association for Education of Young Children)••NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children)••NAFCC (The National Association for Family Child Care)••IFDCO (International Family Day Care Organization)••CCR&R Trainer Advisory CommitteePast Accomplishments:•2006 Provider of the Year for Provider's Choice, Inc.••Former executive board member for Child Care Choices, a regional Minnesota CCR&R (Child Care Resource & Referral).••Former executive board member and officer for MLFCCA (Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association.)••Former board member and Secretary for ECSATA (Early Childhood & School Age Trainers Association)••Past president and board member for the Kandiyohi County Licensed Family Child Care Association.••Former member of the Training Advisory Committee and Grant Committee for Region 6W in Minnesota.