Natalie Williams was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. Her passion for young children and creative experiences led her to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Florida State University, a master’s degree in Business Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Miami.
She has worked for some of the largest childcare companies, such as Learning Care Group, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, and Nobel Learning Communities. She also taught preschool for 5 years, and served as a curriculum director, after school coordinator and director for 12 years. She has managed schools in New York and Florida, and has created community outreach programs to support the early childhood field of education.
Williams served as the private provider board member for the Early Learning Coalition in Broward County and was elected to serve as the liaison for providers across the entire state of Florida. She also piloted the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program while directing the Department of Education school in Tallahassee, Florida.
As an Exchange Leadership Institute leader and a NAEYC member, she enjoys writing articles, advocating for young children, and providing best practices to leaders and teachers in the field of education. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, riding bike with her 6-year-old son, and reading. Community service and partnerships are important to her and high-quality care and developmentally appropriate practices are at the heart of what she does as an educator.