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Keyanna M.

Education

Barnard College of Columbia University,
B.A. in Environmental Policy

Childcare Experience

Babysitter, Barnard College Babysitting Agency
New York, NY, 09/10 - 01/15
Ages 2 months to 12 years old

Part- Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 01/12 - 01/16
A boy and a girl, ages 8 and 10 years old

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 01/13 - Present
Boy, 5 years old

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 01/14 - Present
Two girls, 5 months and 2 years old

Corps Member, Jumpstart
New York, NY, 09/10 - 06/12
20 kids, boys and girls, ages 3 to 6

Professional Experience

Program Associate
New York, NY, 04/17 - Present

Greenhouse Assistant, Arthur Ross Greenhouse
New York, NY, 01/11 - 01/15

Project Coordinator, Queens College
Queens, NY, 08/15 - 09/16

About me

I believe that I am the living example of the quote "It takes a village to raise a child". My parents worked long hours, and many more times than not, I was frequently babysat by neighbors and my parents' friends. Although I missed my parents when they were gone, I got to listen to the stories from people of all ages and backgrounds, and learn about different cultures. I learned things that my parents did not have the knowledge to teach me. At my college graduation dinner, I was not surprised to see more than just family-- I saw a village: the neighbors and friends of my parents who watched me when I was little, who gave me the valuable experiences that made me to be the woman I am today.

I understand the importance of the quality of individuals within a child's life, and as a product of quality babysitting, I have spent over seven years bestowing the gifts that were given to me through babysitting. I have watched children of all different ages, from 2 month old infants to 13 year old teenagers, and I always recognize the importance of keeping children mentally and physically challenged. I believe that I have the awareness to teach children how to fix and learn from their mistakes in a way that they will understand while maintaining an environment that is fun and safe.

Babysitting is a difficult yet rewarding line of work. It requires a unique kind of problem solving that allows me to interact with children in the way my babysitters interacted with me. It is a relationship different from a teacher, parent or friend, and yet it still gives me the opportunity to positively impact their life and help them gain the tools needed to achieve their goals and dreams. To me, there’s nothing more unifying and empowering than that-- participating in the ‘village’ of individuals to help promote the positive growth of a child. As I learn more about myself and follow my dreams, I am always delighted for the opportunity to push children to follow theirs.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers

I will be SmartSitting while...

Studying Korean and Spanish, playing with my dogs, planning to travel internationally, dancing, cooking, or reading up on urban sustainability.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

A linguist, business owner, and teacher.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

With younger children (3 months to a year) I like to do activities that stimulate their senses, challenge them to crawl or walk, and expand their vocabulary. For an example, we would play with toys that have different types of textures that require touch to activate sounds. I also like to sing and speak to the toddlers, and have them walk towards me and their favorite toys. With toddlers who cannot walk yet, I like to challenge them to roll themselves over. With older children (2 and up), we do a nice mixture of physical and mental activities. I give them the opportunity to brainstorm the activities they want to do, and the length of the activities. We usually play physical games such as hide and seek, basketball, baseball, and football. Sometimes we play “pretend to be”, and perform as different kinds of people and/or animals. For more mentally stimulating tasks, we love to play board games, puzzles, and read books. More times than not, they like to read the books to me! Overall, I love to keep things creative and challenging for my young friends!


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