Cathy Boettcher has been working in the Early Care and Education Field for 40 years. She has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector and is presently the Executive Director at California Young World, Inc. In addition she is the Owner of Bet-Your-Life Consulting an Early Education Consulting Business. Cathy is a native Californian, born and raised in Los Gatos. She is a mom to daughter Madeline who is 19 years old. Currently she resides in Morgan Hill.
Cathy’s education includes an AS Degree from West Valley College in Early Childhood Education, and a BS Degree in Sociology from San Jose State University. She completed her Graduate work in Special Education; Early Intervention at Santa Clara University in 2006. She brings an extensive background in managing child development programs, especially those funded by the California Department of Education. She has worked in many different capacities including; Teacher, Administrator, Director, Curriculum Specialist, Program Director and Deputy Director. She recently served as Executive Director at Estrella Family Services for 4 years.
Cathy has served as Chair of the FIRST 5 Commission in Santa Clara County (2008-2011), is a member of the Local Early Education Planning Council, and Co-chair of the Title 5 Provider Network in Santa Clara County. She is an active member of many organizations. She is especially passionate about her work supporting the early care workforce, and sustaining programs that provide services for children with special needs. She is an Adjunct Instructor at De Anza College and Gavilan College and is an active member of several advisory boards. Cathy is also involved in advocacy related to facilities development of quality early learning programs.
As a consultant, Cathy provides Executive Management Support, Quality Assessment and Planning, Board of Director Strategic Planning, Facility Development Advisement, and Systems Change Support. Cathy is also a trainer in the Ages and Stages Assessment Tool. Additional training topic include; Program and Curriculum, Management Development and Coaching, Facilitative Leadership and Supervision and Administration of Child Development Programs.
Fairwood Site Director
San Miguel Site Director
My name is Emerson Ventura. This is my sixteen years of teaching at California Young World. I am originally from San Salvador, El Salvador where I received my Associated Degree in Business Administration. I have been residing in California since 1999. I have attended trainings, conferences, workshops, and therefore, I currently hold an Early Childhood Education teaching credential.
Then knowledge that I have gained through all my years of teaching is that I understand the importance of planning ahead. Planning gives the children the opportunity to explore and experiment.
Children have lot of creativity and children wants to find out all on their own. Our job as educators is to facilitate these experiments.
I am looking forward to get to know both, you and your child. I believe that good communication between teacher, parent and students are an essential part of your child growth and development.
Program Assistant & Human Resource Coordinator
Hello, I am the Program Assistant & Human Resource Coordinator for California Young World. I began working at CYW in 2007 and have enjoyed every minute since.
I am native to the bay area, but lived in Mexico for several years. I attended kindergarten through the third grade in Jalisco, Mexico; after my parents retired and moved there. After a few years we moved to San Jose where I completed grade school and an Office Management certification course.
I have been around children all my life and loved to look after my nieces and nephews growing up. It’s a pleasure to work at CYW, where everyday is an adventure.