Kristen Blumke – Early Head Start Education Manager

Kristen Blumke is the Early Head Start Education Manager for ELNC.  She has a variety of experience in the Early Childhood Education field in Grand Rapids.  Kristen completed her Bachelor’s degree at Aquinas College, focusing on Early Childhood Education and is currently continuing her education.  She taught at Huron Potawatomi Head Start, served as interim and Assistant Director at Baxter Child Development Center and began her position with ELNC in June 2017.  Kristen also served as co-chair of the ELNC Partner’s Advisory Council.

Ms. Blumke has a strong sense of ethics and is dedicated to advocating for equity.  She believes that the education of children begins with families and that empowering, supporting and encouraging all educators helps to build a strong foundation for the loves of children.  Kristen enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and relaxing.