Prevention & Intervention education, advocacy center serving children & families in the Greater Omaha Community Since 1999
2895 Binney St 402 706-1358
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About the Founder
I am the founder of Safe Haven Community Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency established in 1999. I am also the owner of Safe Haven Early Childhood Preschool Education Academy, which has been licensed by NHHS established since 2000. God gave me the vision to start Safe Haven Community Center and Safe Haven Early Childhood Education Academy to help children and families who have fallen through the cracks of our education, housing and social services systems.
I am passionate about helping children and families due to my personal school and neighborhood experiences growing up in a low-income neighborhood. I started working in the childcare industry at the age of 16. I have prepared children for kindergarten and tutored children and adults in reading for approximately 19 years through my agency, daycare academy. I also tutored children and adults as a AmeriCorps Vista volunteer tutor and program organizer. I tutored for Omaha Public Schools various tutoring programs, OPS OOIC Adult Education GED/Literacy class and other local organization and churches from 1998-2000.
I have been appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts to serve as a member of his Early Childhood Interagency Coordination Council to be a voice for family childcare providers and parents. I am also a graduate of the Dyslexia Training Institute Graduate Level program, as a certified dyslexia and special education advocate, trainer, consultant, and screener. DTI is accredit through University of San Diego (accredited by the Western Association of Schools and colleges.
I have received Certificate of Completion through the Susan Barton Bright Solution graduate level Dyslexia Screening course. I have over 1,000 professional development education training and certification in early childhood education and other related topics. I created R.E.A.D.S™ (Right to Educate Advocate for Dyslexic Students Special Education™) which provides dyslexia tutoring, special education and dyslexia education training and advocacy. I also created the other programs and services offered by Safe Haven Community Center and Safe Haven Early Childhood Preschool Education academy. I thank all teachers, childcare staff and volunteers and donors who have supported Safe Haven Community Center. I Thank God for giving me the vision to open my organization and business in 1998 while serving in AmeriCorps.
Gwen with her mentor Susan Barton
Gwen receives dyslexia proclamation from Governor Pete Ricketts.
Non-profit 501 ( c ) 3