Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh – Founder / CEO

A Mother. An Educator. A Thought Leader. A Voice for Vulnerable Children – Everyday, Everywhere. Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh’s life embodies Education.

In 2010, she led a collaborative process involving seven grassroots neighborhood organizations for the purpose of planning and designing an intentional preschool service system aimed at providing, expanding and sustaining the capacity of high quality early care and education programs in the vulnerable neighborhoods of Grand Rapids Michigan. She currently serve as the

Founder, Pedagogical Leader & CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) – a trusted, place-based early learning collaborative that provides funding, innovative shared support services, and advocacy to partner organizations rooted in vulnerable communities. Through its successful dual-generational model, ELNC and its partners provide family support and high-quality, culturally competent early childhood educational services to at-risk families. Under her leadership, ELNC has created over 500 preschool slots and received over $20 million in grants.

An international scholar, Dr. Ekere Ezeh is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Education Program at Aquinas College. As she prepares new teachers, she is able to draw upon perspectives gained through her direct involvement in the community. As a former teacher, she spent many days in the classroom, specifically with vulnerable children, gaining valuable insight on the practical implementation of educational theory.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh have also served as an Adult and Parent Educator, not only teaching parents but listening and learning from those who can best describe what life is like for low income families. She have assisted several schools and nonprofit agencies as Education Consultant, providing curriculum and evaluation expertise at a level that many would not normally have been able to access. In addition, for the past 20 years, she conducted Professional Development and Parent Education workshops throughout the United States of America, Australia, China, Dubai, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Zambia.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh completed her BA and M.Ed. at Grand Valley State University, and Ed.D in Child and Youth Studies with specialization in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University. She was one of the US delegates to Reggio Emilia, Italy and a panelist on the Oxford University Early Literacy Round Table.

Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is married to Pius Ezeh. Together they have five – Onyinye MK, Obinna, Kay, Nnenna and Nkechy Nicole (NIKI) Ezeh. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, music, and jogging.

 
 
 
A Mother. An Educator. A Thought Leader. A Voice for Vulnerable Children - Everyday, Everywhere. Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh’s life embodies Education.

In 2010, she led a collaborative process involving seven grassroots neighborhood organizations for the purpose of planning and designing an intentional preschool service system aimed at providing, expanding and sustaining the capacity of high quality early care and education programs in the vulnerable neighborhoods of Grand Rapids Michigan. She currently serve as the Founder, Pedagogical Leader & CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) - a trusted, place-based early learning collaborative that provides funding, innovative shared support services, and advocacy to partner organizations rooted in vulnerable communities. Through its successful dual-generational model, ELNC and its partners provide family support and high-quality, culturally competent early childhood educational services to at-risk families. Under her leadership, ELNC has created over 500 preschool slots and received over $20 million in grants.

An international scholar, Dr. Ekere Ezeh is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Education Program at Aquinas College. As she prepares new teachers, she is able to draw upon perspectives gained through her direct involvement in the community. As a former teacher, she spent many days in the classroom, specifically with vulnerable children, gaining valuable insight on the practical implementation of educational theory.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh have also served as an Adult and Parent Educator, not only teaching parents but listening and learning from those who can best describe what life is like for low income families. She have assisted several schools and nonprofit agencies as Education Consultant, providing curriculum and evaluation expertise at a level that many would not normally have been able to access. In addition, for the past 20 years, she conducted Professional Development and Parent Education workshops throughout the United States of America, Australia, China, Dubai, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Zambia.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh completed her BA and M.Ed. at Grand Valley State University, and Ed.D in Child and Youth Studies with specialization in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University. She was one of the US delegates to Reggio Emilia, Italy and a panelist on the Oxford University Early Literacy Round Table.

Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is married to Pius Ezeh. Together they have five - Onyinye MK, Obinna, Kay, Nnenna and Nkechy Nicole (NIKI) Ezeh. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, music, and jogging.