Tara O’Shea is the Director of Childcare and Programs. She began her career at YWCA Princeton as a lifeguard in the Aquatics program, and later became the Director of Programs in 2007. In 2019, she became the Director of Childcare and Programs. Throughout the various programs she manages, from Summer Programs, to Dance and Robotics, she oversees a staff of over 20 YW employees.
How long have you worked at YWCA Princeton, and how have your roles changed over time ? I have worked for the YWCA Princeton for 25 years.
What is your favorite thing about working at YWCA Princeton? I get the opportunity to do something I love and believe in every day at work.
Why do you think early childhood education and childcare is important? The early years build the foundation for life long skills. By assisting children to become independent and learn social interaction skills, it addresses the “whole child” in developing a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and well being.
What makes our childcare program special? We provide a safe, creative learning environment where teachers work with children both individually & in small groups. Children learn, grow & develop while they play and explore their indoor and outdoor environments under the guidance of great caregivers who are committed to the early development of a child who want to make a positive difference in their life.
Fun facts to share? I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and spending time at the beach when I can. But I mostly love the time I spend quietly at home after a busy day at work.
Tara’s full professional is bio on our Meet our Senior Staff Page.