Staff

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

CEO, Founder

Robin Slaton

Robin Slaton is a leader, trainer and coach, and has owned and operated a total five childcare centers since 1998.

Robin Slaton is a leader, trainer and coach, and has owned and operated a total five childcare centers since 1998. She graduated from Business College in Michigan and completed Valorie Burton’s Coaching & Positive Psychology Institute, where she became a Certified Executive and Life Coach. Robin is also certified in the BEST (Bold, Expressive, Sympathetic, Technical) personality test.
She graduated from Professional Clown School in 1990 and the only Santa & Mrs. Claus school in the United States in 2000. Robin has performed all over the United States in several circuses, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with the World Wrestling Federation, as well as hundreds of private events over the years.
For years, Robin held onto the hope that the state and federal government would help set the childcare industry up for success. Today, she is ready to get down to business and protect the heart, head, and hand of the provider. By leading the early childhood education industry to stand together and unite their voices, Change for Early Childhood Education will spark change for the betterment of the industry.
Despite all of Robin’s professional goals and aspirations, her greatest success in life is being a mother and a wife.
Board Member

Michelle Barnes

Michelle is a leader, collaborator, and change maker in the field of early childhood education.

Michelle Barnes has served as the Executive Director of a large early childhood education program in Bentonville, Arkansas since 2000. She holds a degree in Business, Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership. During this time, she supported the field of early childhood education by collaborating with Arkansas State University and Department of Human Services in roles such as a consultant, trainer, and assessor. Additionally, she served the Governor’s Early Childhood Commission and several advisory boards to advance the field of early education including the Eco-Healthy Child Care National Advisory Committee, Getting Ready for Baby National Advisory Committee, Hartsook Global Advisory Council, and Arkansas’ TEACH Advisory Panel. Michelle also attended Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change, an online executive program designed to learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change.
Strongly committed to ensuring all children have access to high quality care and education, she began the HighQ Center to collaborate with 400 Northwest Arkansas early childhood centers by providing professional development, resources, and support services.
Finally, she led a team of experts to design and build the first healthy campus in America; eliminating six classes of chemicals from construction to classroom materials. The campus opened in spring of 2019 and will act as a model for healthy practices in early childhood education.

Michelle's daughter Taylor attends law school in Boston.

Systems Coordinator

Korrin McDowell

Over the course of Korrin's career, she has been an early childhood educator, Program Director, licensing specialist, trainer, and consultant.

Korrin McDowell has worked in the childcare industry for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a Child Development concentration from the University of Arkansas. Over the course of her career, she has been an early childhood educator, Program Director, licensing specialist, trainer, and consultant. Her expertise lies in onboarding, performance evaluations, staff attendance, facility maintenance & cleaning, office operations & organization, menu planning & shopping, enrollment process, curriculum/programming, child observation/assessment, and more. She has a heart for helping childcare staff to be their best so they can provide high quality care to the children and families they serve. Korrin has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Executive Assistant

Annita Ball

Annita has been an early childhood educator for infants to pre-kindergarten, as well as served as an Assistant Director.

Annita Ball obtained a Bachelor of Human Environmental Sciences from University of Arkansas and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2010. She has been an early childhood educator for infants to pre-kindergarten, as well as served as an Assistant Director. Annita served as the Site Supervisor at an early childhood education program in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Outside of work, Annita enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, as well as singing and cooking.