Davina Boldin-Woods is a stellar example of an advocate, a pioneer, and an entrepreneur. She currently serves as the Director for the First Presbyterian Child Development Center, is the owner of Genesis Child Development Center and Bright Star Academy, and has previously served as the Chief Education and Enrichment Officer of Excel Christian Academy, a five-star pre-school and North Carolina Pre-K academy.
Davina began her career as an education professional in 1993 and continues to advocate for equitable access to high-quality educational experiences for all young minds. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, and Alamance Community College, she possesses degrees in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration, Child Development and Family Studies, and Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. Boldin-Woods has worked as an early childhood education professional in Alamance County for over two decades. She has also mentored new providers and advocated for Alamance County educators at the local and state levels. Her efforts have created a resilient childcare framework in our county which emphasizes quality and putting families and the needs of children at the forefront.
When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the collapse of the childcare industry nationwide, Davina assisted local and state officials in galvanizing resources in Alamance County to help educate and support local providers, resulting in Alamance County being one of few counties to not experience significant childcare business loss. Mrs. Boldin-Woods shared her own pandemic-related story during a statewide webinar to over 1,000 early childhood professionals from 100 counties. During the webinar, Davina discussed health and safety while offering stirring words of encouragement about the importance of continuing to move forward. Davina has done public service announcements for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on the importance of reliable access to early child care and the role of learning in improving the lives of families. She also used this platform to encourage teachers and Directors to utilize the WAGE$ program in order to further their educational pursuits. Additionally, Mrs. Boldin-Woods has participated in local discussions and panels about the importance of literacy and reading comprehension.
Davina has worked on both North Carolina’s team for Moving the Needle on Early Childhood Workforce Issues and on the North Carolina Early Education Coalition’s Worthy Wages Campaign, where she helped lead and organize childcare providers and teachers around the issue of workforce compensation. Her efforts have garnered national attention, which led to Mrs. Boldin-Woods being featured by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. She was also appointed to the North Carolina Child Care Commission by former Governor Michael Easley.
Currently, Davina Boldin-Woods continues her passion for advocacy and collaboration with early childcare and education practitioners by serving on various boards, committees, and cooperatives.
Mrs. Boldin-Woods gives her best to all that she does. She shows up consistently, passionately, and with an energy that is unmatched. In every aspect of her life – with her family, her fellow woman, and her community, Davina is known for exemplifying exactly what it means to lead the way.