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Erin Furtado, LearnERS Navigator, joined the team in 2021 as an Administrative Assistant and has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2008 with a focus on the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, using American Sign Language. She is a RIDE certified Early Childhood Educator (PK-2) and Special Education-Teacher of the Deaf (All Grades.) Prior to joining RIAEYC she taught at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf and worked at Meeting Street for almost ten years in the Early Learning Center and as a Service Coordinator/Educator in Early Intervention. She is incredibly proud of her time representing Rhode Island at the national Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) conferences and as a founding member of the Sherlock Center’s Community of Practice group, dedicated to improving services in EI. An enthusiastic member of the Fostering Joy for Professionals group, Erin is committed to supporting families as they find joyful moments in their young child’s journey to become lifelong learners. She is passionate about the home-school partnership and values the critical role families and early learning center providers play in a child’s education. Providing parents with childcare referrals that meet their needs has been a highlight of her time at RIAEYC.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theater from Rhode Island College and upon graduating, toured 31 states and 13 countries as a performer with Sesame Street Live! Learning through play is of the utmost importance to her and she believes that through the arts, we can create opportunities for children to communicate and share their thoughts about the world around them. With her husband and two young sons, she enjoys traveling and spending time at home here in Rhode Island. She looks forward to graduating with her Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from Flagler College.