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About the CEO

Dr. LaTasha Hadley, resides in Byram, Mississippi. She has established herself as an early childhood leader, competent teacher and an effective presenter in the field of early childhood education. Dr. Hadley holds a Class 4A Educator License in Mississippi, and is an Approved Trainer for the Mississippi State Department of Health Child Care Licensure Division. She is a graduate of Alcorn State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Secondary Education and a Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She received her Doctorate of Early Childhood Education.  


Currently, Dr. Hadley serves as the Director of National UPSTART Program Implementations at Waterford Institute, Inc. where she coordinates pilot programs in different geographical areas of the United States. She has served as the Director of the Lottie W. Thornton Early Childhood Center and Adjunct Professor at Jackson State University Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education. She also served as the Director of Alcorn State University Child Development Laboratory Center. Although her accomplishments in this position were numerous, Dr. Hadley’s outstanding mentoring of young parents affiliated with early childhood centers has established new heights and possibilities for engaging parents in their children’s education. She is committed to providing high-quality early childhood experiences to young children that are academically rewarding and fun. She enjoys her everyday experience in making a difference in the lives of children and families. Dr. Hadley is married to Fredrick Hadley and the mother of one son, Tyler.

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