Jeanette Barker, B.A., Founder and Executive Director of Playmates Preschools and Child Development Centers, Inc., a nationally accredited, multi-site, non-profit agency serving children and their families for over 30 years. Jeanette has presented at a variety of local, state, and national conferences on all topics related to early care and education. Jeanette has supported children and families throughout her career as an early childhood specialist, trainer, and agency leader. She supports ongoing best practices for early education programs by participating in local and state planning and policy committees, including the West Virginia Early Childhood Council. Jeanette is a recognized leader in the early care and education industry and currently collaborates with the local Boards of Education to provide oversight and leadership for Pre-K and Afterschool services in Wayne and Cabell Counties.
Through her position as Executive Director of Playmates and her leadership and participation in a wide range of policy-making committees, Jeanette promotes a vision of consistency and continuous improvement in the early care and education industry to ensure the industry remains a viable partner in the care and education of young students and their families.