CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER & FAMILY ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
My name is Mandee Ashcraft and I am the Director of the Northeast YMCA Child Development Center and Family Activities. I have been in the "kid business" for the past 28 years! I grew up here in Middletown, Kentucky. I graduated from Eastern HS, then the University of Louisville with a BS in Elementary Education and Jefferson Community College with an AS in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after graduation I moved to Orlando, Florida with my family where I sent the next twenty years directing programs from Early Childhood to Middle School. I also taught ECE classes at the Seminole State Community College and Community Coordinated Child Care. In 2012, I decided to return home to the beautiful Kentucky bluegrass!
I have two "big kids” of my own, Ethan is 28 and Kadee is 24. They have both granted me with my best role yet, as "Grammy” to four amazing grandchildren – Jordyne, Jace, Tanner and Harleigh. I am married to the my best friend and high school sweetheart, David. We live in beautiful Shelby Co. with our fur babies, Titan and Marlee!
Spending time with my family is what I enjoy the most! But when away from them, I have the privilege of being with my "Y Family” at Northeast YMCA. Children have always been my passion. I can’t think of any job more important than working with children and their families. I strive every day to ensure their day is filled with fun and healthy learning experiences, and they will be ready to take that next step in their educational journey when the time comes!