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Nest Rebrand Timeline

Classroom Furniture & Materials

Every classroom will be transformed with top of the line, solid maple craftsmanship pieces including tables, chairs, shelves, toys, and every day classroom supplies.

Done

Big Brave Blocks

Our jumbo blocks will ignite children’s imaginations encouraging learning, social development, movement, and of course fun! Click here to learn more about children’s development through big block fun. 

Done

Paint

All walls within the school will receive a fresh new coat of paint!

Done

Flooring

Easy to clean vinyl-plank flooring will be installed throughout the school.

Done

Outdoor Play Spaces

Our outdoor play spaces will be rich with plants and natural elements, exciting play themes, and physical challenges. Children can learn to assess risks and test their boundaries within an environment created with their safety, health, and skill-building in mind.

Summer 2022

Interior Signage/Artwork

Beautiful artwork, classroom signs, and signs emphasizing our core values will adorn the interior of our school.

Done

Exterior Signage

New exterior signage will ensure we can’t be missed!

Summer 2022

Digital Signage

Never miss a beat! Our digital displays outside classrooms and in our lobby will keep you up-to-date on weekly curriculum activities, school announcements, events, menus and more!

Summer 2022

Security

We will be installing state-of-the-art security systems at the entrance and throughout our school to keep our children safe and provide parents peace of mind that their children are safe in our care.

Summer 2022

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers using ActivePure Technology® will continuously clean and protect air and surfaces 24 hours a day, reducing 99.96% of airborne SARS-COV-2 viral partials as well as other viral contaminants.

Click here to watch a short video with more information on how this technology protects your child while in our care.

Done

Interior Renovations

Natural elements true to our brand will be carried throughout the design of our school. Our welcome area will become a warm and inviting space, and even our hallway spaces will receive fun Nest elements!

Fall 2022

The Nest Difference

We are proud to offer the highest quality early education program for families in the communities we serve. As you compare other daycare and childcare facilities, we invite you to come experience The Nest difference!

Meet Our Team

Cathy Huffman

Cathy Huffman has worked in the early childhood education field for 40 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology from the University of Florida in 1982 and started as a preschool teacher in 1982. She then went on to receive her Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Early Childhood Management from the University of Tampa in 2010.
Cathy loves children and believes that every child deserves a high-quality early education from teachers who care about them.

She lives in Tampa with her husband, Dale and their dog, Blu. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Family is very important to Cathy, and she loves spending time with all of them, but especially now that they have grandchildren.

A fun fact about Cathy was that she was chosen to represent the US in a Delegation of Early Childhood Professionals to tour schools in China for an Educational Exchange of Early Childhood best practices. Her husband also participated in the cultural exchange during the trip, and they climbed the Great Wall of China and visited the Forbidden City while they were there.

Cathy’s favorite childhood book is “A Frog Thing” by Eric Drachman. Cathy loves this book as it is a beautifully illustrated book about a Frog who wants to fly. With a little determination and help from friends, he realizes his dreams. It embodies the belief that “You can do anything you set your mind to”! We are incredibly lucky to have Cathy on our team.

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Sydney Crowe

Sydney Crowe holds her Directors Credentials, a National CDA, and has worked in childcare for 13+ years! Sydney fell in love with childcare when she started volunteering at her local church on Sundays and has never looked back. She absolutely loves working with children and has a strong passion for helping teachers reach their goals. Teaching children to love learning and showing teachers how much fun teaching can be is her passion.

She currently lives in Dade city with her husband, Mike. She loves video games, all things Harry Potter, Superheroes, Disney, and so much more. The force is strong with this one! Most of her free time is spent at home crafting, reading books about adventure, or hanging out in downtown Dade City with the rest of the locals!

Sydney’s favorite children’s author is Peter H. Reynolds because his books inspire kids to be who they are no matter what. Ish and Dot are especially her favorites as they show kids “if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.” We are so thankful for Sydney!

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Erica Sapienza

Erica has been in early childhood education since 2010 and has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in elementary education. Erica has served in many roles throughout her career, including: a teacher, director, regional director, curriculum writing, and human resources. Erica enjoys working one-on-one with children and watching them reach milestones. She also enjoys building relationships with staff and families.

Erica lives with her husband, son, twin girls, and her chocolate lab. In her spare time, she loves going to the beach and exploring the Disney parks. Erica is also an avid runner and has completed four marathons! Erica’s favorite childhood book is Dr. Seuss The Places You’ll Go because her parents gave it to her at her 5th grade graduation and it has been her inspiration to reach all her goals ever since. We are so grateful to have Erica on our team!