Ms Cindy DeCosta, Director

Ms Cindy’s passion for early childhood education runs deep. Even before she became the mother of 4 girls, it was Ms Cindy’s dream to run a preschool.

Her educational philosophy is centered around the idea that every child has great potential. “Every child has a different learning-style & different needs. The key is to find what’s best for each individual.” read more...




Ms Kerra, Assistant Director

Ms Kerra, a Florida native, has a love for children and for nature. She believes teaching children about and within the natural world is of the utmost importance. “Being able to play, watch, touch, smell, taste, run, wonder, cry, laugh, and enjoy in nature is the foundation of a happy human.”

Ms Kerra is a certified Nature and Children’s Yoga teacher. She studied Early Childhood Education at University of Florida and Florida SouthWestern. She also has her Florida VPK Credential.


Ms Joy, Educator

Ms Joy first joined the CECI family as the mother of a CECI student. Her son has graduated from CECI but, happily, Ms Joy fell in love with the community and has been a CECI teacher since 2014.

She believes that, just as the children learn from us, there is much that we can relearn from them. “Seeing how the children interact keeps my heart in this job.” read more...



Ms Sue, Educator

Ms Sue is no stranger to the CECI family. She has volunteered at CECI for several years since her granddaughter attended a few years ago. She has been involved in childcare her whole life. Ms Sue ran an in-home daycare for over 30 years near Baltimore, MD, caring for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. 

Ms Sue believes that children learn best through play and in a happy, inviting environment. 



Ms Bryanna, Educator

Ms Bryanna is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Child and Youth Studies. She has been involved with the CECI family for years and has a passion for assisting children in becoming fervent life-long learners. Previous to her time at CECI she served as the Assistant Site Manager at an extended day program and a Super-Sub! at Boulder Ridge Day Camp.

Ms Bryanna’s goal is to assist students in becoming life-long learners with a well developed sense of self and a passion for knowledge.

Board of Directors


Nita Stewart

Audrey Stewart