From HiMama to Lillio: The building blocks for high-quality childcare [Webinar]

In this webinar we unveiled the transformation journey of HiMama to Lillio with Kai-leé Berke, Executive Chair, Board of Directors at Lillio, and Heather Wiederstein, Chief Product Officer. This session uncovered how HiMama evolved into Lillio and provided an in-depth understanding of how Lillio partners with early childhood programs by providing the building blocks necessary for high quality care. Plus, we dove into what the future product roadmap of Lillio looks like and how it is designed to benefit early childhood experts like you. 

🎤Our Special Guests:

Kai-leé Berke – Executive Chair, Board of Directors

Kai-leé Berke is the Executive Chair of the Lillio Board of Directors, a lifelong educator, and a nationally known early childhood expert and author. She was the co-founder and CEO of Noni Educational Solutions and creator of Noni for Teachers, a digital coaching app designed to support teachers whose students have been impacted by trauma. She was also previously the CEO of Teaching Strategies where she authored and developed all editions of The Creative Curriculum and GOLD, the most widely used, comprehensive early childhood assessment. Her interest in relationships as the foundation for all successful early learning is rooted in her extensive experience as an educator and administrator in infant/toddler, preschool, and kindergarten classrooms.

Heather Wiederstein – Chief Product Officer

Heather Wiederstein is the Chief Product Officer at Lillio, with extensive expertise in both the education market landscape and instructional design principles. She has successfully launched award-winning PreK-12 educational solutions for companies such as Pearson, Teaching Strategies, and Learning Ally. Heather was formerly a certified classroom practitioner holding licensure in Pennsylvania and is now a coach and advisor for several ed tech companies. Her core values for designing, delivering, and scaling products in the education market are to put students first, to build good stuff, and to stay curious.

🧪HiMama to Lillio Q & A with Kai-leé and Heather!

  • When HiMama was founded just over a decade ago the goal was to help childcare programs everywhere to engage and delight families through daily communication. Today, HiMama has evolved into so much more than a platform for family communication. It was time for the name to evolve as well.
  • Family communication and engagement ranked as the #2 priority for childcare centers in 2024. Lillio is commited to supporting childcare professionals in providing high-quality parent communication, that not only saves time but strengthens family relationships and ultimately, child outcomes.
  • At Lillio, we are committed to serving the field as an authentic voice of the ECE workforce, and helping to swing the pendulum back to what early educators have always known to matter most for children’s successful development and learning: relationships, play, creativity, and loving, nurturing caregiving.
  • Lillio product roadmap in 2024: New professional development courses, new subsidy, billing, and payment processing features, enhanced parent communication, improved emergency card tracking and easier tools for capturing and sharing child development!
  • During today’s live webinar we learnt from our audience that the number one thing educators would do if they could have more time in their day, is spend more one-on-one time with the children in their care. Lillio is committed to helping educators achieve this goal.


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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!