Our Staff

Teachers at Central Early Childhood Center strive to provide creative, hands on experiences that foster independence and a love of learning. We offer low teacher to child ratios and group sizes. Teachers work with families to individualize instruction and expectations. Staff come to Central with a variety of education and experience ranging from graduate degrees in early childhood to 20 plus years working with young children. All staff are current on infant/child/adult CPR and first aid training and maintain satisfactory background screenings. All teachers engage in ongoing training and education, acquiring 12 hours annually through college coursework and/or attending early childhood workshops and seminars.
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Donna Brown-
Executive Director
Trina Taft-
Assistant Director

Donna has been the director at Central since 2008. Donna has 25+ years of professional experience in the early childhood field including years as a classroom teacher, an education coordinator, an early childhood specialist, and a program director in a large school district. She prefers the more intimate, family atmosphere that Central offers. Donna has a BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Park University. Donna completed graduate work in Early Childhood Education and administration at UMKC. Donna loves spending time with her teen-age granddaughter, Jadyn, who will be a high school Freshman this fall. She has two adult children; Anthony (father to Jadyn) and AmyLee who recently returned to KC after living out of state for many years. Donna enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family., and traveling with her husband, David.

Trina has been at CECC since the fall of 2001.  She has a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and enjoys her role as Assistant Director.  She previously taught in early childhood classrooms for 15+ years before working in administration.  Trina and her husband, Larry are Central UMC members and have two grown daughters, Emily (29) who lives and works in Chicago, and Hannah (26) who is currently living and working in KC.  Trina enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  She and her husband have two cats, Ruby and Minnie, and are very excited about becoming first time grandparents later this fall.