Southside Child Development Center was founded in 1992 with the sole purpose of providing high quality child care for families in the Baton Rouge community and surrounding areas. One year after we opened our doors, we received the letter from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), stating that we earned National Accreditation. We remained Nationally Accredited from 1993-2006, at which point we transitioned to the Louisiana Quality Start Child Care Rating System because of the benefits offered to our parents through the state. Southside has been awarded 4, out of a possible 5 stars from the Quality Start Program. Southside has approximately 60 children enrolled. It is classified as a medium size child care center.
Denise D. Curwick
Ms. Curwick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 from Louisiana State University. She taught middle school and high school science students for 10 years. In 1989, Ms. Curwick earned a Masters of Education from Louisiana State University. In 1993 she was recognized as a nominee for Women Of Achievement award sponsored by the YMCA. In 1995 Ms. Curwick earned a place in the Who's Who of American Teachers. She earned the Working Woman of the Day award sponsored by 96.1,The River, radio station in 1998. She is certified by the Louisiana State Department of Education as a Secondary Science Teacher and a Secondary School Principal. In 1997 she was appointed by Governor Foster as a member on the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program Advisory Council; she accepted reappointment to this position by Governor Blanco. Ms. Curwick is a Comprehensive Affiliate Member of the NAEYC a the Child Care Association of Louisiana. She brought Nationally Accredited childcare to Baton Rouge.
Mr. Ronell began cooking in 1978. He graduated from the Louisiana Culinary Institution in 1984. Mr. Ronell has earned recognition for his work by receiving numerous medals from the Culinary Classic of Louisiana; he holds many other various medals for his culinary achievements. Mr. Ronell has appeared on Daybreak, a Channel 9 morning show, four times. He worked at three fine dining restaurants before beginning his employment at Southside in April of 1998. He enjoys working at Southside because he loves the challenge of getting young children to eat good, nutritional food.
Ms. Darri has a Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. She came to Southside with 5 years of experience in child care. She has worked with children of all ages ranging from 6 months to 10 years old. She started out in our Giraffe Nursery room and has been promoted to Assistant Director. Ms. Darri likes knowing that everything is being taken care of, while she is in the office. She truly has a love for children and their families.
Teddy Bear's Teacher (3 and 4 year-olds)
Ms. Keeta comes to us with six years of experience working with children between six weeks to two years. She is so patient and positive with the growing and developing minds of our pre-kindergarten children. She has her Child Development Associate Credential and is currently working on her Associate's Degree in Early Child Development. Her creativity and interactive spirit pairs so well with our three and four year-olds.
Tigers Teacher (2 year-olds)
Ms. Asia has been with us as the Tiger teacher assistant for two years! Immediately when the position opened, she asked to be promoted to lead teacher. She is currently working towards her Child Development Associate's Credential. Ms. Asia is fantastic with our Tiger class and has made long-lasting connections with the parents as well.
Alligator Teacher (Toddlers)
Ms. Keara has a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Keara had 4 years of experience through student teaching during college before becoming a Southside employee. She loves singing and doing art projects with her toddlers.
Monkey Teacher (Older Infants)
Kangaroo Nursery Teacher
Ms. Vicki has been a member of the Southside family for 16 years! She has obtained her Child Development Associate's Credential and keeps it up-to-date by continually taking courses all year long. She enjoys singing and reading books to the children. Her passion for young children shines day in and day out.
Giraffe Nursery Teacher
Ms. Sarah has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and is pursuing her Bachelors in Family and Life Studies. She has over 9 years of child care experience before choosing Southside to further her career. She has strong bonds with each of the parents and the children. She loves showing her affection to the infants by getting on the ground and playing with them.