Kim Booth, a “retired” Early Childhood Professional has joined our team to assist with Black Hills Reads. Kim has spent 36 years in various roles in the Early Childhood field as a teacher, supervisor, Education Coordinator, mentor and trainer.
In 1998 Kim’s family moved to Rapid City from Phoenix, Az and soon after she helped establish Early Childhood Connections the local South Dakota Enrichment Program for Region 1. In her role as Professional Development Coordinator for Early Childhood Connections, Kim helped develop the Child Development Associate Training program.
“Training professionals in the Early Childhood field has been so rewarding. Every year I learned so much from my students,” says Kim.
She also was instrumental in starting a Social Emotional Program that supports caregivers working with children who exhibit challenging behaviors.
The last 5 years before her retirement from Early Childhood Connections she also coordinated the Starting Strong program.
Kim’s passion for young children and the adults who care for them has brought her semi-out-of-retirement after one year.
In her free time Kim keeps busy with her two grandchildren and spending time with her husband. She’s an avid gardener and will often say “just going out to the gardens to pick a few flowers”, only to lose sense of time and spend hours playing in the dirt.