Career at Early Development Services
Early Development Services is supported by a staff of over 100 teachers, cooks, and administrative staff.
It takes a special person to work with children and here at Early Development Services we have strict requirements for those interested in joining our team. We are proud of our teacher retention rate and ability to grow our Lead Teachers from entry-level caregivers.

Interested in Joining our team?

Please fill out an application and contact us at 831-393-2246

Shannan Watkins

Shannan is the Executive Director of Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since its inception in 1998.

Her vision has been the driving force behind the agency and her creativity and knowledge has helped us remain a leader in Monterey County. Shannan has an Associate of Science degree in Child Development from Monterey Peninsula College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with minors in Developmental Education, Early Childhood Education, and Childcare from Pacific Oaks College, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Human Development with minors in Leadership in Human Services and College Teaching, also from Pacific Oaks College. She also possesses her Program Director Credential. She has been President of the local Association for the Education of Young Children as well being elected to California Association for the Education of Young Children State Board. She is currently the Chair of the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council as well as teaching child development courses at Monterey Peninsula and Hartnell College specializing in infant & toddler care. In her spare time, she provides consulting services to other child development programs, specializing in programs funded by the California Department of Education, Early Care & Learning Department.

Melanie Allison

Melanie is the Educational/Pedagogical for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2018.

Melanie is the Educational/Pedagogical for Early Development Services. Melanie has an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Hartnell College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from San Jose State University, Master of Arts degree in Woman’s Spirituality from Sophia University as well as her California Program Director Credential. Melanie is also faculty at Monterey Peninsula College

Michelle Deppe

Michelle is the Human Resources Director for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2008.

Michelle began her relationship with Early Development Services as the very first parent ever enrolled in our program in 1998. Michelle’s Human Resources experience began with Dole Dried Fruit and Nut in Fresno. She later moved to the Monterey Bay Area and took on the Human Resources Departments at VNA and Product Development Corporation in Monterey before becoming EDS Human Resources Director in 2008.

Tracy Farstad

Tracy is the Operations Director for Early Development Services. She has been with the Agency since 2018.

Tracy has an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Gavilan College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University, and Master of Arts in Human Development degree from Pacific Oaks College as well as her Program Director Credential. Tracy maintains oversight of all operations of EDS while monitoring the quality of the services we provide.

Candace Frazure

Candace is the Center Director for Crescita Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2004.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Becky Buckner

Becky is the Center Director of Peninsula Center for Infant & Toddler Development. She has been with Early Development Services since 2000.

Becky specializes in infant and toddler care. She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Ghennay Woods

Ghennay is the Center Director for Avondale Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2008.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Hartnell Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Jennifer Sebolino

Jennifer is the Center Director for CSU Monterey Bay Child Development Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2005.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Maria Martinez

Maria is the Center Director for Highlands Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2005.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Roxanne Lualemana

Roxanne is the Center Director for Alisal Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2003.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Katie Harris

Katie is also the Center Director for Avondale Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2012.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director credential.

Staci Rich

Staci is the Center Director of Betteravia Early Education Center. She has been with Early Development Services since 2015.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Brandman University as well as her California Program Director Credential.

Tiffany Allen

Tiffany is the Infant/Toddler Specialist for EDS. She has been with Early Development Services since 2006.

She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Monterey Peninsula College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Services from Concordia University as well as her California Program Director Credential.