Summer is a DC-area native, mother, and Bilingual Early Childhood Specialist and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She's passionate about the healthy development of babies and children and understands the keys to this are supporting parents and caregivers in their wellness, having access to quality research-based information about child development and consciously deciding their values and beliefs for parenting.
Parenting can be much less stressful when you feel well and know what to expect.
Summer's undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She realized the classroom wasn't the place for her and began thinking about prevention and a child's development beginning at birth (even before!), setting the foundation for all future experiences and relationships. She began learning how the first connections and experiences set the tone for a child's life and expectations of the world, was converted to a 'baby person' and never looked back. She felt empowered knowing that supporting the healthy development of our youngest
children could have a huge impact on their future and that of our communities and society.
She chose Counseling for her master's degree because it offers the opportunity to support families directly, working with parents and children individually or together. She specialized her studies and clinical experience in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents. Parents and caregivers need to be well in order to take care of their children and engage with them. The parents and caregivers also need to understand child development to provide the best possible responsive care and nurturing.
Summer is a certified Parent Educator with the Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and their Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers and her vision is that all parents and caregivers are emotionally healthy and feel confident to parent their child as an individual, focusing on their child's personal needs, and that all children are respected and exposed to loving relationships and rich experiences.