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Our Mission

XYZ Childhood Training, LLC.’s mission is to provide high-quality interactive training workshops for early educators of children between birth and eight years. XYZ strives to advance early childhood education through continuing education and training programs which strengthen educators in preparing children to be life-long learners.

"We are the voice of the children. As a world community, we must see every child as our own. Our collective responsibility is to be the village that raises every child. When we give children the best of what we have, they become the best of who they are."

Petrea Hicks

Meet the CEO & Founder

Petrea Hicks has over 30 years of experience in the early education field with a master's degree in Early Childhood Education-Curriculum and Instruction.  She has witnessed various changes and believes that through it all, one thing remains constant...children. 

In 2015, Petrea was recognized as a Master Leader in the Exchange Leader Initiative (ELI) and has contributed noteworthy articles to Child Care Exchange magazine (July/August 2017, May/June 2018 and May/June 2020.) 

She has presented at local, state and national early education agencies, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2017, 2018 and 2022. 

As an approved trainer with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning in Washington, D.C. She conducts interactive training workshops that center on young children from birth to school age. Workshop topics include, but not limited to, social-emotional development, brain development, curriculum instruction and design, the classroom environment, positive behavior strategies and culturally responsive literature.

NAEYC Conference 2017 with Petrea Hicks
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