MEET THE STAFF

We have a team of dedicated professionals who have the welfare and best interest of your child as their top priority.

Everyone on our staff is required to have the State of Florida 40-hour Child Care certification and 5-hour early literacy training offered through the Department of Children and Families, with additional 20 hours of child care related training per year. The state requires fingerprinting and an extensive background check, which is done prior to employment. All of our staff are required to have current CPR and First Aid training within the first year of employment.

Each classroom has a lead teacher with either a Teaching Certificate and/or Child Development Associate Credential or other advanced degree.

TUITION & CALENDAR
PROGRAMS

Educational Advancement

Young Days Christian Academy encourages all employees to further their education and become members of professional organizations. We also pay for all required training.

Jackie Tumelty-Kaller | Director

Office Phone: 727-789-3709
Email: youngdays@eastlakeumc.org

Jackie is the Director of Young Days Christian Academy of East Lake Church.

For over 18 years Jackie has been helping young children find success in both faith based and corporate early childhood education centers. Working in the field of education has clearly defined her passion to enrich the lives of children and their families. Jackie believes that community and parental involvement is key in child development.

Jackie attended the University of Tampa as an undergraduate and the University of South Florida as a graduate. She has a degree in Business Management and Administration, along with, an advanced Director Credential and certification in Child Development and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Jackie has the following credentials: Early childhood education instructor with Pinellas County schools, food hygiene, nutritional education, CPR/First Aid, workplace blood borne pathogens, crisis management, fire safety and swim safety. Jackie is a commissioned Notary and has a Florida (CDL) driver’s license. Jackie has advanced knowledge and experience with early childhood education regulatory policy, quality assurance, program administration, applied behavior analysis, curriculum development and assessment and accreditation evaluation.

Prior to working in the field of early childhood education she spent years working on campus at the University of South Florida and held several positions: Supervisor of Admissions and Registrar, Supervisor of Testing and Assessment, Coordinator with Student Affairs and Advising/Career Center. Her career has been student focused for many years.

Jackie is an active member in the community. She has been married for 19 years and has two children. Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Kerry Raynor | Assistant Director

Office Phone: 727-789-3709
Email: youngdays@eastlakeumc.org

Kerry was born in England and received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology from the University College of Swansea. She moved to Florida to marry her husband Mark in 1994 they have one daughter who is a junior at East Lake High.

Kerry is a member of East Lake Church and serves on the Mission and Outreach team, she also assists the Children’s Ministry in their many events.

Wanting a career in which she could balance work and family she embarked on a new calling in Early Childhood. Kerry has been at Young Days since 2003, initially teaching four year old’s before transitioning into the administration side. Kerry became the Assistant director of Young Days in January 2013.

“I have the best job in the world watching the children learn, grow and flourish, experiencing God’s Love and in such a joyful and happy place.”

  • Heather Cassella
  • Janet Dohanish
  • Cristina Fallarra
  • Linda Henry
  • Terri Kayne
  • Cheryl Kirby
  • Colette Kovacs
  • Casey Kress
  • Crystal Maola
  • Leanne Mathews
  • Debbie McKenzie
  • Jeanne Ostrander
  • Sarah Rich
  • Sarah Rogo
  • Mary Timlin

OUR MISSION

We believe that Young Days Christian Academy is called by God to lead children and families into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by providing a quality educational program which promotes developmentally appropriate growth: spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Philosophy Statement

Our primary objective is to provide superior Christian education in a nurturing atmosphere which embraces the whole child. We believe that children should learn in a stress-free, safe environment where guided and free expression activities are combined to enhance each child’s full potential. Young Days Christian Academy is a ministry of East Lake Church based on the scriptural principle of service to the community. We dedicate ourselves to nurture children’s development.

Standards

Young Days Christian Academy is licensing by Pinellas County Child Care Licensing and visited by a representative to verify compliance prior to our license being renewed. We are also inspected by the Fire Marshall’s Office and the Health Department before our license can be reissued each year. A VPK (voluntary prekindergarten program) validator from the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas visits our center each year to ensure that we are meeting the requirements for the state-funded four year old prekindergarten program. We meet or exceed all requirements set forth by all these organizations.

Accreditation

Young Days Christian Academy meets the standards of Gold Seal Accreditation in the state of Florida through NAC (National Accreditation Commission for Early Learning Leaders). This accreditation is renewed every 3 years.

Admissions Policy

Young Days Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Curriculum Philosophy

Young Days Christian Academy’s philosophy is that children learn through play. Interactions with other children, adults and hands-on experiences lead to academic success. The more senses that are involved with an activity, the better.

Developmentally appropriate activities in the areas of language, fine and gross motor, social/emotional, and cognitive development are incorporated into your child’s learning experience. Christian values will be taught through Bible stories and songs, verses, daily prayer, Chapel and social interactions.