Early Education

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ACSI's Early Education Department works with early education schools to strengthen programs and equip early educators as they prepare young children (ages birth to kindergarten) spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively and influence children to love and follow Jesus Christ. We do that through consultations, services, and professional development—preparing teachers as they guide and mentor the children of God.

ACSI seeks to foster programs and educators that take a holistic approach to teaching and learning and embody a biblical worldview. You can learn more about our vision and values by reading our Foundation Statements.


Member Benefits

Early Education Benefit - Accreditation
Professional Development
Thought Leadership


Verify and validate the quality of your program with ACSI accreditation—and push your program to be the best it can be.

Professional Development

Equip and prepare your teachers through conferences and webinars taught by the best.


Christian schooling is a global movement. Get connected with likeminded leaders who understand exactly what you're going through.

Thought Leadership

Hear from leaders at the forefront of the movement about where Christian schooling is going—and where it needs to go.



Jeannie Forrest, M.Ed.
Interim Director of Early Education

Jeannie serves as Interim Director of Early Education. With over twenty-five years of experience in Christian education, she considers herself a life-long learner for early education. God has blessed her with a passion for both the early childhood years and connecting with early educators. She counts it a privilege to support and guide early education leaders and teachers for high quality practices woven with God’s truth and love. Jeannie’s favorite children’s author is Eric Carle and her favorite verse to teach is “Let your light shine…” from Matthew 5:16.

Dr. Cindy Barnum

Cindy Barnum, Ed.D.
Senior Coordinator for Early Education
ACSI Eastern Division

Cindy counts it an honor and privilege to serve early educators in their Kingdom call. With over 30 years of educational experiences, Cindy pours into educators by providing resources, support, and encouragement from the wisdom and experiences the Lord has given her in Christian early education leadership. Cindy’s favorite children’s book is Sir Maggie the Mighty by Michael P. Waite and her favorite verse to teach children is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Kim Brucker

Kim Brucker, B.S.
Senior Coordinator for Early Education
ACSI Central Division

God has given Kim a deep passion to serve him and those who serve children and young families as well as a desire to mentor, disciple, and call out giftedness in leaders. With over 20 years of educational experience, Kim serves members who work with young children by listening to them, praying for them, and equipping them. One of Kim’s favorite children’s book is Adam Raccoon at Forever Falls by Glen Keane and one of her favorite verses to teach children is John 14:6.

Suzie Mohler

Suzie Mohler, Ed.D.
Senior Coordinator for Early Education
ACSI Western Division

Suzie has served in the field of education for over 30 years and loves Christian education and building relationships with educators. She encourages and mentors leaders, promotes membership and accreditation, consults with programs, and helps facilitate connections with EE staff. Suzie’s favorite children’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and one of her favorite verses to teach children is Ephesians 1:4.

Tammy Hicks

Tammy Hicks, FL Director’s Credential; FCCPC
Field Director for Florida Approval Program

Tammy currently serves as not only the Field Director for ACSI’s Florida Approval Program, but she is also the Director at the Gonzalez UMC Child Enrichment Center in FL. Tammy has over 20 years of early childhood experience and she enjoys pouring into the children, families, and staff in her program. As Field Director, she mentors, assists, and equips other EE Directors in the Florida Approval Program. Tammy’s favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and her favorite verse to teach children is Psalm 139:14.

Rachel Luallen

Rachel Luallen, B.S.N.; EE Administrator Certificate
Executive Assistant for Early Education l ACSI

Rachel has a desire and passion to see children grow to know they were created with a purpose. With close to ten years’ experience in early childhood experiences, Rachel serves educators as the go to for ACSI Early Education help and support. She is always willing to listen or answer questions from accreditation to CEUs to professional development opportunities. Rachel’s favorite children’s book is You are Special by Max Lucado and one of her favorite verses to teach children is Jeremiah 1:5.