Family Child Care Partnerships
206 Spidle Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-3208 (office)
(877) 892-FCCP (toll free)
(334) 844-4515 (fax)

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Monday - Friday

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  Executive Team
Dr. Ellen Abell, Director since 1999. Dr. Abell provides leadership and is responsible for the activities of the FCCP Staff. She is an Extension Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Abell's research and extension work focuses on the development and care of young children. She wants to make research-based information understandable and available to people who care about children, so that they can provide children with the high quality environments and interactions that foster healthy growth and development. Dr. Abell enjoys performing arts, handicrafts, art glass and beading and wire craft. She enjoys travel, reading, contradancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Ellaine Miller, Program Coordinator since 2000. Ellaine provides content support, crisis management, data analysis, program evaluation, mentor training, and conducts client visits to promote successful accreditation attempts. Her professional interests are teacher-child relationships, children's social and emotional development, children's friendships and children's self-esteem. Ellaine's personal interests are sewing, gardening, travel, antiquing, reading Stephen King books, playing games, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Lisa Ditchkoff, Bookkeeper, Administrative Manager since 2002. Lisa earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. Lisa manages the budget including preparation and expenditure monitoring, works as a liason with Department of Human Resources and university administrative offices, updates the FCCP web site, assists with the development of a Statewide Family Child Care Provider Association, and supervises student workers. Her professional interests are networking with people, event coordinating, budget management, and learning new challenges. Lisa's biggest strength is her ability to connect with all levels of individuals. Lisa enjoys traveling, water skiing, exercising, antique shopping, playing cards and board games, and spending time with her family and friends.

Apredee Harris, Program Manager since 2002. Apredee provides supervision, motivation, and coaching for the program mentors. She renders support and direction with caseload, education, recruiting processes, provider satisfaction with program services, database entry, feedback of documentation provided by the mentors, and also bridges communications with human resources. Apredee's personal interests include ministry, motivational and inspirational speaking to all ages, theological learning, tutoring others to read, the arts, travel, cooking, acting, producing, and directing plays.

State of Alabama Program Mentors

Cindy Carden works with FCCP in the Northwest region and is currently serving providers in Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, and Colbert counties. Cindy is an active participant in her community and local church. She enjoys collecting children's books and porcelaine dolls.
Melonease Clark work with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Houston, Coffe, Henry, and Dale counties. She worked in her home as a home day care provider for eight years prior to FCCP. Melonease's professional interests are vacationing with her family, sewing, and reading. She actively participates in helping with church related functions. She enjoys working with children and providers.
Cathy Collier works with FCCP in the Northwest region and is currently serving providers in Huntsville and Madison counties. She is interested in Quality ChildCare for all children. She believes that every child should receive appropriate developmental learning opportunities regardless of their economic, mental, or physical being. Cathy enjoys reading in her spare time. Cathy served on the board for Mentally Retarded Adults at the Opportunity Center in Huntsville.
Gloria Day works with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Lee and Macon counties. Gloria has worked as a Preschool Teacher and an Assistant Director of a DayCare Center. Gloria enjoys being a mother of three children, gardening, and reading. She always enjoys learing new information about childcare.
Dionne Edison works with FCCP in the Southwest region and is currently serving providers in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Choctow counties. In addition to working as a mentor, Dionne's professional interests are working as an education consultant and working with youth. Her personal interests are Girl Scout Leading, Volunteering with AmeriCorps, the elderly and church. Dionne enjoysarts and crafts. Her specialty is crocheting one of a kind afghans.

Vernetta Foster works with FCCP in the Northeast region and is currently serving providers in Calhoun and Etowah counties. Her interests are working with all aged children in different settings. It is her desire to share her time, knowledge, and resources with anyone who has a desire to enrich the lives of children and helping them reach their full potential. Vernetta enjoys hands on home decor such as room arrangement, painting, wallpapering, flower arranging, and holiday seasonal set up.

Geneva King works with FCCP in Northwest region and is currently serving providers in Madison county. Geneva would like to do everything possible so that children can be provided with the highest quality of care so that they can grow to reach thier full potential. She enjoys cooking, shopping, and reading. Geneva also enjoys the performing arts, especially orchestra.
Michelle Keesee works with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Lee and Russell counties. In additional to working as an FCCP mentor, Michelle works statewide mock observerer to promote accreditation standards. Michelle earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. She worked in the Auburn University Child Study Center. Michelle loves Auburn football and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Karla Martin works with FCCP in Northeast region and is currently serving providers in Marshall and Jackson counties. Karla worked as the director of a child care center for nine years. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, and playing softball.

Lisa Nimmer works with FCCP in the Southwest region and is currently serving providers in Butler and Montgomery counties. Lisa enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and fitness.

Ellouise Pennington works with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Barbour counties. Ellouise worked in day care for more than 15 years. Her professional goal is to work hard and help every home provider to become accredited. Ellouise would like to see all children reach their potential. She enjoys family, sewing, travelling and singing in her church choir.
Sylvia Spratling works with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Tallapoosa and Elmore counties. Sylvia also works as a Trainer/Childcare Consultant for her local CMA. Her professional interests are to open a childcare center in her hometown or to open a quality family childcare center. Sylvia enjoys attending all sporting events, reading, spending time with her family, and attending church services.
Gloria Jean Sutton works with FCCP in the Southwest region and is currently serving providers in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Gloria's main professional interests are to help providers recognize what they do. As a former child care provider, Gloria has great passion for FCCP and helping to educate her providers and serve their children better. Gloria is the Vice President for the Hospitality Department in her church. She enjoys making others feel good and smile-therefore, enjoys making her providers feel like she cares for them by making gifts and giving them ideas through motivational techniques. Gloria has many creative skills.
Kellie Tolar works with FCCP in the Southeast region and is currently serving providers in Dale, Geneva, Barbour, Houston, Henry, and Coffee counties. Kellie's ultimate professional goal is to provide family child care providers with resources to enable them to provide quality care. Kellie loves music, movies, and being with her friends and family.

Barbara Wright works with FCCP in the Northeast region and is currently serving providers in the Birmingham area including Jefferson and Shelby counties. Barbara has worked in Early Childhood for about 20 years. She also worked as a home childcare provider for eight years. She really enjoys working with children and hopes to improve the quality of their lives. Barbara enjoys painting and a variety of crafts. She reads just about anything she can and enjoys gardening and cooking.