A project as comprehensive as Healthy Kids Bright Futures doesn’t just need strong partnering organizations, it needs dedicated, talented staff to make sure families and early care and education centers get the full benefit the project offers.
“I feel very fortunate this project has attracted such a qualified team of kind, caring people. I feel confident that their experiences will connect families to services and resources so they can thrive,” says Rhonda Erpelding, director of the project.
From home visiting to social work, a trio of community navigators brings a wealth of experience to families with young children. Ashley Bridgford, Luis Colon and Jennifer Robinson support families with children ages zero to three who are enrolled in participating centers. They conduct various screenings with families to connect them to resources and services in their communities and provide ongoing assistance.
Luis and Jennifer are on staff at KC Healthy Kids. You can read more about their experience on our staff page.
Ashley Bridgford is employed by University of Kansas Medical Center’s Project Eagle, a partner in Healthy Kids Bright Futures.
“I’m excited to get connected with the community and serve the families within it. I am passionate about the mission of this project and I can’t wait to work with this team and be a part of the important work that is being done,” she says.
Gayle Anderson supports the child assessment component of the project. She conducts quarterly Individual Growth and Development Indicators screenings with 170 children. She also supports teachers’ implementation of Ages and Stages Questionnaires. Gayle brings an extensive background as a home visitor implementing a variety of projects across the state of Kansas.
“This project has brought new enthusiasm to something I have been doing for many years. The relationships I build with early educators, families and colleagues is so rewarding,” Gayle says.