Cathy Boettcher: Executive Director
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.
Oneiki Robinson: Fairwood Program Director
A BIG HELLO! My name is Oneiki Robinson-Manlove, and I am the Programs Director for California Young World – Fairwood, Ellis and San Miguel campuses. I’m am honored to be an integral part of your child’s early child education, and I am thrilled that you chose CYW as your child’s early child development partner!
I am a native of CA. and currently reside in sunny Elk Grove with my prince charming of 25 years! I am the parent of 3 sons, 4 stepsons and 1 stepdaughter. We also have a spunky Shitzu puppy named Manney. My children have all reached adulthood and are the light of my life, and what keeps the ever-glowing smile on my face! My family and I do a lot of traveling by RV, plane and cruise ship – as we enjoy that get-a-way time together. We also enjoy BBQ’s, and entertaining family at our home on weekends and holidays. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to soundscapes, dining out, shopping, home decorating and advocating for those on the spectrum or those with ADHD!
I have been in the early child education field for over 20 years, and I currently hold a Master’s Degree in Education, another Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelors in Early Child Education. I couldn’t imagine being in any other field – kids are the absolute best! I intentionally tailored my extended learning to fit the needs of our diverse population of children, but more importantly to promote a love for learning, while evoking a sense of belonging and confidence for their path ahead.
As the Program Director – I take great pleasure in knowing that our center strives for quality and excellence. Our goal is to develop the whole child and provide a safe and nurturing environment. CYW, is rich in diversity, and we respect each child’s capabilities, desires and needs. We pride ourselves in providing a well-balanced child-centered approach, solid curriculum, clear frameworks, proper guidance and a positive environment that sets the tone for your child to flourish in their development. I am looking forward to taking this journey with each family to ensure our future leaders of the world rise to the top! Thank you!
“Free a child’s potential and you will transform him into the world”
Jenifer Ta: Fairwood Site Director
My name is Jenifer Ta and I am thrilled to join the team her at California Young World at Fairwood.
I have been working in the childcare industry over 20 years and have worked at a center of this size for 6 years before moving to a smaller center in Morgan Hill. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from San Jose State University and I love my career in the child care.
I have two beautiful children, both in college and enjoying life as young adults. My daughter Jaden, is in her third year at Cal Poly Pomona studying business and my son Justin is in his first year of college at West Valley and will transfer somewhere down south I am sure!
I am looking forward to getting to know families and this become my home away from home, as so many of the children and staff already feel that way about Fairwood. Please feel free to come by the office and introduce yourself to me, I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.
Emerson Ventura: 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.
Josephine Felix: Ellis Site Director
I am Josephine Felix. I am from India and currently residing in San Jose with my family. I have B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, M.A. degree in Political Science, and a B.Ed. degree in Education from India. I continued my education in Early Childhood Education after coming to US and I have obtained a Site Supervisor Permit.
I have 12 years of teaching experience with kids of various ages. I would love to continue my education by going to more school to keep me updated. I learn something new every day from the children. Together with the team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Angelica Ortiz-Galvez: Program Enrollment Specialist
Hello, I am the Enrollment Specialist 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.