Wendy Jones is the founder/owner of I’m for Kids Team (IFKT). Wendy has been involved in teaching/consulting for over 40 years, since graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in Psychology, an Education Certificate in Early Childhood Education, a B.Ed. in Counseling, and a Master's degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She has held positions with the Departments of Education in both Manitoba and Alberta. She has many years as a Special Education Consultant with large school districts regarding Early Intervention and has taught graduate level courses at the U of M and the U of C plus many speaking engagements in Canada and the US.
Her belief in young children leading a full life through early intervention and learning formed her philosophies of today. It was while working with the REACH Program, in Southern Alberta, that Wendy learned how valuable having a multidisciplinary team to provide assessment, consultation and programming was. She began to think of ways to improve upon the services they offered, and ideas for her own company started to form. It took many years of planning and preparation, as well as trials and tribulations before Wendy would open the doors to I’m for Kids Team in July of 2005.
For the first five years, Wendy and her team worked from Wendy’s home. It was just in March of 2010 that IFKT moved to its current Head Office.
Wendy is fully involved in all aspects of IFKT, and believes each and every member of her staff brings value to the company. Each employee has been hand-picked for their passion for children and for their acquired knowledge and skills. She considers everyone to be equal.
It is because of Wendy’s approach to education, her honesty, openness and her willingness to assist families in any way possible that IFKT has flourished. IFKT has developed a reputation for excellence, compassion and commitment to ongoing learning and staying current with Best Practices in the education of young children. I'm for Kids Team is successful because of the team service delivery model that believes in the inclusion of all children into their community preschool, day care settings, day homes and providing options for additional programming.
The Company has grown exponentially due to our reputation and, as a result, we now have three locations: South office (Head Office); North office; Airdrie Office. Wendy is so proud and thankful for her dedicated staff of professionals and paraprofessionals who made it possible for Wendy's dream to help young children with special needs, come true.