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The Early Childhood Journeys Podcast


The Early Childhood Journeys Podcast, where I highlight the journeys behind early childhood educators and/or community advocates through interviews and discussions including conversations on best practices in the early childhood field, sprinkled in with some community resources too! 

Based out of Arizona, the podcast is the only local podcast show where Early Childhood teachers, educators and other advocates of young children are being highlighted to share their journey in the profession while also discussing early education topics through candid stories about their practice. 

Recently highlighted at the 2018 First Things First Early Childhood Summit Conference as I also received a Champion for Young Children Award recognizing my work. 

A practical listen and brain nugget for the Early Childhood educator, child advocate and community alike. 


Some kudos about myself as shared from First Things First:

A dynamic bilingual early childhood consultant who currently works with kindergarten educators throughout the State of Arizona. Not only does she train and prepare educators statewide, on a formative assessment tool focusing on best practices, through her affiliation with Alesi Group, and its subsidiary, The Kindergarten Experience, but she also manages all their social media and communications channels.

While parenting a teen and preschooler, Marissa founded the pioneering podcast, Early Childhood Journeys, an Arizona and truly international treasure.  Building on her goal to build awareness about early childhood practitioners she engages them to help support all early childhood professionals and be a mentor to those who are new to or are interested in the field. Utilizing multiple platforms, Marissa aims to reach a diverse audience, including parents and the business community to stress how important the early childhood experience is to getting children ready to succeed from birth to life.

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Do you know of an Early Childhood Educator I should feature on the next Podcast? Is there a topic you'd like for me to discuss in a future episode? 

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*Disclaimer: Guests featured on the podcast or topics discussed are not endorsements or recommendations unless otherwise noted. 

Recent Podcast Show Notes

Episode 48: Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz, Bilingual Senior Program Manager for United Way of Tucson

Host Marissa Calderón chats with Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz, Senior Program Manager for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. 

United Way of Tucson has an array of services including an Early Childhood Component and grant initiatives for the region. Denisse is not only a parent of a Kindergartner but her background in supporting early childhood practitioners and parents provides listeners some insights on these types of roles in the community and their significance. Take a listen to this conversation on how educators such as Denisse are impacting and partnering with their communities.

Connect with United Way of Tucson and Southern AZ here.

Learn more about the Great Expectations program at:

Email Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz here.


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