Dr. Tashon McKeithan, currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood Programs at The Center for Early Education in West Hollywood. Tashon holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a doctoral degree in K-12 Educational Leadership. She began her career teaching elementary school in the South Bronx. She previously worked as a teacher and administrator in public schools in the New York City Department of Education. While there, she worked to build external partnerships and has been the recipient of substantial grants used to rebuild an outdoor play space and to create a school-based free mental health clinic to support vulnerable families. As an educator with over 20 years experience, she champions for strong early childhood education, increased professional development for teachers and administrators, supports for social-emotional learning and mental health as well as outdoor education.