About Us

Early Childhood Development Associates

We are an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of infants, young children, and their families.  We believe that first relationships are the most important.  When these relationships are positive, children will develop confidence in themselves, trusting relationships with others, and a hopeful view of the world.  How we are as parents is as important as what we do with our children.

The Early Childhood Development Associates invites parents to see the world from the perspective of their children. When we practice mindful parenting and focus on positive qualities, children learn about trust, caring for others and meaningful relationships. Children develop the social and emotional competence they need to be successful in school and later in life.

We are an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of infants, young children, and their families.  We believe that first relationships are the most important.  When these relationships are positive, children will develop confidence in themselves, trusting relationships with others, and a hopeful view of the world.  How we are as parents is as important as what we do with our children.

The Early Childhood Development Associates invites parents to see the world from the perspective of their children. When we practice mindful parenting and focus on positive qualities, children learn about trust, caring for others and meaningful relationships. Children develop the social and emotional competence they need to be successful in school and later in life.

Meet Our Team

Marilee Hartling, RN, MFT

Marilee is the founder and director of Early Childhood Development Associates. She is a licensed Child and Family Therapist who worked for many years in the Early Childhood Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with children ages 0 – 10 years old and their families.

Marilee is also a registered nurse with a child development specialty who worked in Pediatrics, the NICU and Early Intervention. Marilee combines her medical experience with her knowledge of developmental psychology, her relationship-based mindful parenting expertise and her collaboration with specialists from a variety of disciplines to provide families with quality, individualized developmental care. In addition to leading groups for typically developing children, Marilee specializes in early childhood assessments and treatment of children and families. She also was an adjunct faculty member in the MFT department at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA for 10 years.

Marilee is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 5. She reminds us that parenting is a life long journey!

 

Patricia Joseph, PHD

Pat is our Preschool Prep consultant and creator of our Preschool Prep curriculum. Pat came to us from the Center for Early Education. She is a busy grandmother of one adorable five year old. She supervises and oversees the curriculum here while also maintaining her directorship at St. James Preschool. Pat visits us periodically as a participant of our program, providing consultation and supervision to our teachers when requested.

 

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Cynthia is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Infant Feeding Specialist with a Masters Degree in Metabolic Nutrition. She specializes in lactation, transitioning to solids, toddler “food wars” and gentle weaning. She has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine and she facilitates breastfeeding and infant feeding workshops all over the Los Angeles area.

Cynthia is the mother of two wonderful grown daughters and enjoys sharing her own mothering experiences with new moms as they navigate the challenges of feeding their infants and young toddlers.

We welcome Cynthia as our feeding consultant and frequent guest speaker for our group programs.

 

Beth Weisman

Beth is a very experienced parent educator in the community and currently is the parent educator at IKAR. She leads parent discussion for the parents and caregivers of the children who attend our Little Friends Group in our after school program on Wednesdays at ecda and we are so lucky to have someone with her experience on our team. She has a Masters degree in education and has held positions as director and teacher in multiple educational settings.

Beth is the mother of two grown children and often shares her own parenting experiences with parents and caregivers in our after school program.

 

Daniel Munoz

We are so happy to have Daniel Munoz at ecda as a summer Preschool Prep teacher. Daniel is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelors Degree in Education and Psychology.  During the school year he serves as a substitute teacher for the Baldwin Park Unified School District while he furthers his education at Cal State LA and works toward a masters degree in education and a multiple subject teaching credential. Daniel is an incredibly creative and enthusiastic teacher in our social skills group program. He co-leads both of our “Little Friends” groups on Wednesdays in our after-school program and helps with our toddler group programs. He also has experience with shadowing and “play partner” work for us in local preschools. Daniel is passionate about the work he does here at ecda.

 

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