Becky Stacy was named the Executive Director of the Appalachian Early Childhood Network in November 2020. Becky holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Elementary Education from Alice Lloyd College, a Master’s in Elementary Education from Morehead State University, and a Rank I in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
She is a retired kindergarten teacher as well as a former Early Childhood Navigator with Save the Children. She is a Level 5 Credentialed Trainer with the CHFS Division of Child Care. Becky is a strong advocate for early childhood professionals, families, and children in Appalachia.
Professional Development Manager
“KT”, or Karen Thompson, serves as Appalachian Early Childhood Network’s Professional Development Manager. Her responsibilities include curriculum development for the training AECN provides, including the Commonwealth Child Care Credential and CDA, as well as training required by child care regulations. “KT” also coordinates large group professional development opportunities such as Pre-Service for Head Start agencies and Community Early Childhood Councils. She enjoys working on special projects as needed too!
“KT” comes to AECN with over 36 years of experience in early childhood including her beginnings as a nanny in the Washington DC area, moving on to Kindergarten Teacher in Maryland, as well as Center Director, District Trainer and Team Leader for KinderCare Learning Centers in the Nashville area. Upon returning to Kentucky, she began a 20 year journey with Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition serving as a trainer, STARS Quality Coordinator for Kentucky’s Quality Rating System, and Director of Training until January of 2021, when EKCCC ended its mission in the mountains and AECN began its own.
“KT” is also the author of the Teacher’s Tool Curriculum Series which includes curriculum books for Infants and Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School Age Children as well as for Family Child Care.
Family Child Care Specialist, Eastern Mountain Region
Tonya is from a rural farming community in Eastern Kentucky. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor Degree in University Studies from Morehead State University. She also holds a Professional Nanny Certification from Morehead State University and The American Council of Nanny Schools.
Tonya is a Level 4 Credentialed Trainer with over 20 of years experience in the early childhood arena as both owner/operator of a Type II family child care home and a Head Start teacher. Tonya is passionate about the importance of early childhood development and being a voice for children, families, and providers.
Eastern Mountain Region Counties Served: (Tonya)
Bracken, Robertson, Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Montgomery, Bath, Rowan, Carter, Greenup, Boyd, Elliott, Menifee, Lee, Wolf, Morgan, Lawrence, Johnson, Magoffin, Breathitt, Owsley, Leslie, Perry, Knott, Floyd, Martin, Pike and Letcher.
Family Child Care Specialist, Cumberland Region
My name is Sonya Begley. I am very excited to announce my position as Family Child Care Specialist for the Cumberland Region with Appalachian Early Childhood Network. I have worked many years with families and children, primarily as a case manager for individuals in substance use recovery, those with developmental disabilities, as well as clients receiving in home services. I also served as a Human Services Surveyor for the Division of Regulated Child Care several years prior. During this time, I always enjoyed site visits with family child care providers in particular.
As Family Child Care Specialist, I look forward to working with all of our wonderful providers to provide technical assistance, as well as all aspects of family child care. Should you have any questions, please contact me at (606) 224-3163.
Cumberland Region Counties Served: (Sonya)
Green, Taylor, Casey, Adair, Russell, Cumberland, Clinton, Wayne, Pulaski, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Rockcastle, Jackson, Clay, Knox, Bell, and Harlan.
Kristin Walker Collins
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Hazard Community and Technical College
Kentucky River Regional Health Dept.
University of the Cumberlands
Kathy King Allen
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Pulaski County Schools
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Areas We Serve
We serve all Kentucky counties recognized by the Appalachian Regional Commission.