Bridging the gaps in early childhood education [Webinar]

In this webinar we were welcomed by Tirusha Dave, owner of Ellie’s Academy, Bernadette Testani, owner of Atelier Kids, and HiMama’s own registered early childhood educator, Jo Sinanan to talk about some of the most interesting results from our latest pulse-check on early childhood education. We surveyed over 1,500 child care professionals and asked about everything from enrollment numbers, to salaries and tuition rates, to education programming and professional development. Some results were expected, others were surprising, but together they paint a picture of childcare providers who are optimistic, despite facing significant challenges in 2023. Our panelists dove into the data and supplement it with their own experiences, sharing stories and insights. Keep reading to access the recording and the slides!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Tirusha Dave – Owner of Ellie’s Academy

Tirusha Dave is a professional leader in early childhood education and childcare, and the Founder of Ellie’s Academy. She has earned her B.A. degree at Rider University and is currently pursuing her MBA, at William Paterson University. Tirusha has always believed that children learn best when the learning environment is designed to meet the developmental needs of each child, and one which fosters exploration, creativity and independence. She is committed to creating a strong, educational program, and high community-engagement within her community.

Bernadette Testani – Owner of Atelier Kids

Bernadette Testani is an innovator and entrepreneur who calls Bloor West Village her home. It’s here that she and her husband raise their family and where, ten years ago, she founded Green Apple Kids & Windermere Kids; two award winning daycares providing quality care and education. Theme-based daycare was not enough for her as she embarked on a journey to deepen her study of childcare, children, and the advancements in early learning and educational approaches, because she knew there was more to offer.  Ms. Testani developed a strong connection with the Reggio philosophy and it has become markedly influential in these next steps of her career.

Jovanna Sinanan – Registered Early Childhood Educator, HiMama

Jovanna joined HiMama in December of 2021. Before HiMama, Jovanna was a Center Director at BrightPath, a large multi-center childcare organization, and has been in the ECE field for over 7 years. Jovanna is passionate about Early Childhood Education and how we, as educators, can make a difference in children’s lives. Her philosophy is to extend learning beyond the walls of a classroom. This means working and advocating for teachers and families to create an environment that stimulates and engages children based on their unique learning needs.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from the Industry Snapshot Report!

  • Half of survey respondents reported that their current enrollments were at 90% of pre-pandemic levels or higher, with 19% stating that their enrollment levels are above what they were prior to the pandemic.
  • When we asked childcare center owners, directors, and administrators what they thought would be the best way to support their educators, the most common answer was Health and Wellness Perks (34%), with Professional Development Opportunities a close second (26%) and Career Advancement Opportunities a distant third (13%).
  • Interestingly, we gave educators the same options and asked which would make them feel most supported, and the same three came out on top, though in a slightly different order. Professional Development Opportunities took the top spot (33%) with Health and Wellness Perks and Career Advancement Opportunities tied for second (28%).
  • Social Events ranked lowest on the list for both groups, selected by 7% of owners, directors, and administrators, and 3% of educators.
  • For a significant majority of respondents, revenue in 2022 either increased (41%) or stayed the same (30%) compared to 2021.
  • We asked both groups to select the position that best describes their outlook for 2023, the majority of both educators (69%) and owners, directors, and administrators (71%) selected “Positive” or “Strongly Positive”.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!


  • Eva Tutor says:

    HiMama’s recent webinar on bridging the gaps in early childhood education offers valuable insights and practical strategies for improving outcomes for young learners. The panelists’ diverse backgrounds and experiences make for a rich and informative discussion. Thank you for hosting this important conversation and sharing it with the education community!

  • Salima says:

    Really thank you! Really Great.