Early Childhood Education and Quality Child Care for Working Families

“Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.”


– Robert. L. Ehrlich

Executive Director


Prior to moving to Hilton Head from Ohio, Jody served 23 years as president of her local Junior Achievement organization and then worked at the local community college as the coordinator for a $1.6 million grant for alternative energy education.  At the community college, a group of 10 colleges and universities, including Penn State, Ohio State and Kettering worked together through the support of a national science foundation grant.  Jody also managed a decentralization process of contract training and community education division of the college.


Jody’s background is packed with service to her community. She is an active member of Rotary International, serving as chair of several committees, president in Canton OH and assistant district governor and now a member of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head where she chairs the Safety Town committee. Jody has worked on school levy committees, character counts groups, church activities, involved in high school sport booster groups and was a member of the local Chamber board of directors.


She received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her secondary education teaching license from Walsh University. Prior to moving south, she was working on a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University.




Special Program’s Manager


Alisha Collins began working for The Children’s Center in 1998 as a teacher in the 4-5 year old class room. That same year, she moved into the kitchen as the cook, and later was promoted to interim Site Director.  Being highly motivated, having a strong work ethic and determined to make a difference, she obtained her CDA and became the Site Director for the Bluffton Children’s Center. During her time as the director, the enrollment numbers doubled and rating scores increased.


Seeing her strengths in administration, superior customer care and efficient multi-tasking ability, the leadership brought to the Hilton Head center when Bluffton closed. Alisha is now the Special Programs Manager. She is the key point person for our USDA and ABC programs. She helps families navigate the process of applying and maintaining assistance. She also is responsible for assuring our food program meets and exceeds federal and state requirements. She maintains the highest performance standards within the diverse range of tasks under her care.


Aside from working at the Children’s Center, Alisha is very active in her church. She and her husband teach a Sunday school class of 2nd-3rd grade girls. She enjoys long walks on the beach and is very creative.

She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and currently resides in Rincon, Georgia with her family. She is married and has two children, one recently honorably discharged from the Air Force and one pursuing a teaching degree at Kennesaw University.





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