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 Brown (Director) came to Central as the director in July of 2008. Donna has more than 20 years of professional experience in the early childhood field. She has been a classroom teacher, an education coordinator, an early childhood specialist, and a program director. Donna has used her NAEYC accreditation experience assisting the Family Conservancy in providing training to other Early Childhood Directors. She has also served on the board of Mid-America AEYC. Donna has two bachelor degrees from Park University in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education and has completed graduate coursework at UMKC in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood including administration.


Donna lives in Platte County with her husband, David, and their cats. She has two adult children. Anthony works in the automotive field in KC North and AmyLee is a math teacher, currently employed as an administrator at a private high school in Chicago. Donna loves spending time with her granddaughter, Jadyn. Donna also enjoys travel, reading, and cheering on the Royals and the Chiefs.

Trina Taft (Assistant Director) has been at CECC since the fall of 2001.  She has a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She previously taught in early childhood classrooms for 15+ years before working in administration.  She enjoys her role as Assistant Director, working with awesome staff and serving great children and families.


Trina and her husband, Larry are Central UMC members and have two grown daughters, Emily, who lives in Chicago and is currently finishing a graduate degree, and Hannah, who lives in KC with her cat, Beans.  Trina enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family and being entertained by their kittens.