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Leadership and Staff

As a early education program with a long and successful history, we know that the quality we provide depends on the educators working in our program.

We provide regular on-going professional development training for our faculty, with a strong emphasis on teacher collaboration. Opportunities include participation in weekly planning meetings and monthly faculty meetings, attending conferences and in-services, and working individually with consultants in the classrooms. All of our teachers meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards, which require a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), A.A., or B.A. in Early Childhood Education. All faculty members also have extensive background checks, and receive CPR and First Aid Certifications, as well as Fire Safety training.

As a partner in educational work-study programs with Kennesaw State University and other nearby universities and colleges, paraprofessionals, volunteers, and student teachers often join us.

Our Teachers
  • Provide nurturing, respectful, encouraging relationships with each child.
  • Create an exciting, inviting, aesthetically-pleasing environment with an emphasis on natural materials.
  • Observe children closely, document learning, and use these observations as a basis for planning.
  • Facilitate children’s social and emotional development through a focus on communication and empathy.

Center Leadership


Nikki Hildebrand

Executive Director


Kashundra Horton

Assistant Director

Natasha Paul

Natasha Paul

Operations Coordinator

Sara McCllure

Sara McClure

Program Coordinator Preschool, GA Pre-K, School-Age and Summer Programs

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors ensure DHCDC is focused on our mission of service. The board is comprised of professionals in the community with a commitment to early education and their community. 

Board meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month, except in May and December. Board meetings start at 6:15 PM and the first 15 minutes of every meeting will be reserved for public comment. To share public comment at an upcoming board meeting place email

2023-2024 DHCDC Board of Directors

  • Malory Atkinson (Chair)
  • Ashley Blackwell
  • Sarah Burgher
  • Lynda Herrig
  • Sara Hicks-West
  • Ann Kennedy
  • Achille Kolla
  • Horatio Morgan
  • Joyce Pitts
  • Jenna Rubin
  • Jared Serwer
  • Camille Vega
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