Karla Palmer

Early Childhood Consultant

My name is Karla Palmer. I was born in Nicaragua and raised in New York City; the Bronx. My interest to learn and grow in the early childhood profession, began in this city. Living in a diverse community gave me a deep appreciation and respect for continued learning. It also helped me pursue a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in early childhood and love for the arts. My experiences working directly with young children includes, infants, toddlers, twos, preschool and some expertise with school age children.

I have worked for The Children’s Center for 19 years. Nine of those years, I worked as a facilitator for their group home located in Kearns, serving children with challenging behaviors due to multiple stressors and trauma. After the Group Home closed down, I worked in the 2s and 3s classroom at the Salt Lake Community College-Redwood Campus - Eccles lab school, where I mentored and worked closely with lab students enrolled in the Family Human Study Program. My interest for teaching adults about developmentally appropriate practices grew and I took on the opportunity to be a trainer for the Early Childhood Consultation and Training Department at The Children’s Center. I later joined the team as an infant/toddler and CDA consultant.

As I continued my growth at the Children’s Center, I worked in the position of an Early Childhood Specialist. I maintained reliability in the ITERS-3 and ECERS-3 tools, proving coaching and support to programs and caregivers in child care programs to maintain best practices and work on improving the quality of care the children receive. In my current position I am an Early Childhood Consultant, providing assistance to programs and caregivers with supporting the social and emotional development of young children birth through 5years old. I observe providers, the child/children, their interactions, activities, routines and the environment in the classroom, and provide resources and referrals to families as needed.

I deeply value supporting and helping and serving Spanish speaking providers in our own native language by using and providing resources. I love supporting them in their role, expand their knowledge, and strengthen their skills to best serve the children in their classroom and their families.

The many years of working in early childhood classrooms have given me the practice and skills to support others in learning, growing and understanding the importance of social and emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors in young children.

I also serve on the UAEYC Early Childhood conference committee. I am a Professional Development Specialist for CDA candidates and I am also a local PTA mom at my children’s school.

I am married and have two teenagers and two dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family and when we have the chance to visit places, I love taking pictures of our adventures.