Perkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Sinclair as the Director of our Child Development Center. Patty comes to us with several years of experience in the childcare industry, most recently having worked as a Field Director for Bright Horizons. Prior to that appointment, Patty had worked for Bright Horizons as the director of the Cornell University Child Care Center for seven years.
Patty holds a Bachelor’s degree from Elms College. She obtained her Master’s Degree in education from Elmira College. Her educational background has allowed her to explore many facets of early childhood and to focus on inclusionary practices. While at Elmira College, Patty served as the assistant director of Residence Life and was the assistant softball coach of the college’s varsity team.
Patty is a strong advocate for all people and believes that teaching inclusion and kindness at a young age are key. “I came to Perkins because I was impressed by the values,” Patty said. “I see a real community of compassion that honors the history of the past while looking to the future. I see a respectful approach to decision making.”
The agency is thrilled to have Patty on board. Director of Education Cindy Wing said, “We are so excited to have Patty on our team with her extensive experiences and obvious commitment to bettering the field of early child care. She joins an impressive team of staff and we are excited to see what they will accomplish together.”
Having recently moved back to the Central Massachusetts area from New York, Patty admits that one of the things she is most excited about is the shorter commute. Playing an active role in her sons’ lives is of great importance to Patty, and the shorter commute helps to make that possible. “It is hard to know right away what my biggest challenges will be, but so far everything has exceeded my expectation,” she said. “My biggest goal is to professionalize the field, and I am so excited to see that Perkins is a step ahead here. We are not babysitters or daycare workers. The biggest change for me is going from a corporate to a non-profit sector, but I am excited about the opportunities for collaboration with the community.”
Patty is most excited about the quality of the teachers she has discovered at Perkins. “The level of patience, joy, and partnership that I see in these teachers for their jobs is great,” she said. “I hold a lot of respect for what has been done here, and I want to honor that and move us to the next level. I want to inspire the greatness in all.”
A proponent of mindfulness, Patty looks forward to the opportunity to work with her teachers to nurture their patience levels and spend more quality time with both teacher and students in nature. “Our job is to help children have a strong sense of self and learn to be kind. The academics will come.”
When Patty is not working at Perkins she can be found coaching her sons’ baseball teams or playing softball. Patty is proud of the fact that she is a first-generation college graduate and her goal here at Perkins is to contribute to the diversity and inclusion conversation. “It is so critical to a child’s foundation,” she said.
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