The Expert Advisers
Throughout the years, we have earned a reputation for being one of the best consultants in the Philadelphia area. The interests of my clients are always our first priority, and we go above and beyond to make sure they get the results they need.
Whether you’re about to launch a new project, need advice on expanding your business, or would like a timely tip on matters big or small - We are your go-to source. Contact us today to set up a meeting and find out more about what we can do for you.
Dr. Stephanie Blake
Co-Founder/ Principal Consultant
Dr. Blake is an accomplished Early Childhood Professional with over 15 years of experience. She is the co-founder of Learn, Empower, Grow Consulting Group, which offers professional services in the field of early education. Dr. Blake has experience in consulting, technical assistance, and training in culturally and socio-economically diverse settings. In addition, she serves as the Early Childhood Racial Equity Coordinator at Children First (formerly PCCY), where she works to close the racial equity gap in early childhood education. Recently, Dr. Blake served as a workforce fellow at Philadelphia's Office of Children and Families as part of Temple University's Diversifying Early Education Leadership Fellowship program. Previously, she worked as a preschool program specialist at the Pennsylvania Keys, supporting state-funded preschools and Head Start programs.
In addition to that, Dr. Blake teaches courses in early childhood education at Harcum College. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University and Arcadia University, where she supervises pre-service teachers. Also, Dr. Blake belongs to three honor societies: Golden Key, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi.
Dr. Blake holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on higher education and a master's degree in education with a focus on early childhood education from Gratz College. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Blake discussed how diversity initiatives can increase African American women's representation in early childhood leadership. As a result, she won Gratz's graduate subject prize in Ed.D. for Educational Leadership. In addition, she earned a Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University.
Dr. Blake has extensive experience in supporting children, families, and early childhood professionals. She hopes to become a nationally recognized early childhood professional and advocate focusing on closing racial equity gaps in the field of early childhood education.
Dionne Wright-Chambers, M. ED
Dionne Chambers has over twenty-five years of experience working in the early childhood and elementary educational field. She has experience working with emotional/behavioral support programs for the School District of Philadelphia, Head Start, Pre-K Counts and Philadelphia Pre-K programs. She has trained and presented at universities, and as the Lead Early Literacy Specialist for the Free Library of Philadelphia funded by Vanguard.
Her past positions at Israel preschool, Quakers Day schools and with the Peace Corps as a teacher, specialist, administration has provided her the experience that allows her to her meet the needs of the young children and their families.
Some of her past work has been working with the Mayor’s Office to identify high quality early child care centers in Philadelphia for the Champions for Children Gala. Her work at Thomas Jefferson University has developed a sustainability protocol for inclusive practices in early childhood education. She is an alumnus of First Up Early Childhood Fellowship and Office of Early Childhood Development Policy Fellowship.
Currently she has been working on the Education & Housing Committee, with Germantown Residence for Equitably Alternatives Togetherness (GREAT). GREAT is a grassroots neighborhood group and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and doesn't have any paid staff. All members dedicate our time and energy to the group because they think it's important for their community. They keep all expenses as minimal as possible, but donations help to support costs for events and projects including trainings, facilitators, food and refreshments, childcare, etc. When we spend money, we are mindful of where that money is going and do our best to support the local economy.
Another current project is with a follow colleague Tola Aiyegbusi, who is the founder and CEO of Molly’s Child Care Center (retired 2020) and Friends of Molly for the past 25 years. Dionne continues in collaboration with Tola, in her homeland of Lagos, Nigeria. The Mbari Mbayo School was founded by Tola’s mother-in -law. They are working with the early childhood programs and educational systems to bring high quality curricula and training for the children, staff and families. Her educational background has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pre-K to 8th grade, Special Education Pre-K to 8, Dual Certification and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Her mission statement is to use education as a pathway for communities to collaborate with educational organizations and policy makers. Advocating for educational equity for young children, and motivate stakeholders to develop and deliver targeted curricula and support services. These collaborations will nurture the next generation of inspired leaders well-equipped to serve the world one community at a time.
Meet The Team
Logistic Director /Social Media Specialist
Laverne Price, M.Ed.
Stefanie Adorno, M.Ed, MSOL
Bilingual CDA Instructor
Tola Aiyegbusi, MSODL
Advanced Innovative Teaching Solutions
Program Support Specialist
Southeastern Pennsylvania Early Childhood Coalition (SEPECC) Advisor Council
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