Hi, my name is Emma King! I’ve been the primary caregiver at Dandelion Daycare Cooperative since 2015. I grew up in the Little Italy area of downtown Toronto and truly enjoy creating new wonderful memories with our children in the same parks I explored as a child.
I’ve always been interested in people, and why we do what we do. This interest lead to an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph, and working with at-risk youth painting murals over graffiti during my early twenties. Feeling apathetic about the destructive nature of our justice system, I ran away to South Korea and then Taiwan following my Degree. For seven years I taught English in Seoul and a small town Ming Jian, where I was able to travel and explore new cultures - an experience that had me questioning my ‘normal’ and gave me the experience of being ‘the other’. Navigating countries where I didn’t speak the language or know the customs, gave me new perspectives on accessibility.
While teaching EFL I discovered a passion and a gift for working with people of all ages to find fun in learning. I returned home in 2011 to get my Diploma in Early Childhood Education. After completion, I worked for George Brown College in their Lab daycares with exceptional ECE’s and resource Consultants.
After two years of being moved from one classroom to another, and feeling disconnected from the relationship piece that motivates my practice, I decided to try alternative childcare and joined Dandelion in 2015.
In Dandelion I found a community that supported healthy loving relationships and a sense of collaborative learning that has only been enhanced through our years of working together. Wanting to better understand how to support my community and the incredible children I work with I began a Masters in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in 2017. Through this experience I have begun to understand how creating a space where everyone is valued, where everyone can feel a sense of belonging in all their uniqueness enhances the well-being of all members in a community.
At Dandelion, we aren’t just taking care of kids, but we are taking care of each other.