Dear Kids Connection Family,

The Kids Connection Daycare Board has completed their search for the Director of Kids Connection.

Halina West grew up in the North of England attending Beechwood Grammar School and Didsbury College where she obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in 1974. She taught first grade for fifteen years in England and the Bahamas before relocating to Springfield in 1988.

Mrs. West has two daughters, one that lives in Florida and one here in Springfield. She also has a sister that still resides in England along with a great niece, Millie, who is two.

In 1994 she owned and operated her own preschool in Ozark and a few years later opened a 2nd location in Springfield. From 1994-2012 she took part in over 200 hours of continuing education classes that related to early childhood development and growth. In 2012, Mrs. West retired to pursue her love of travel and spend more time gardening. She is now ready to resume her role as an early childhood educator and director at Kid’s Connection and looks forward to working with and loving each of the kids that attend the Kids Connection daycare.

Most sinceHalina Westrely,Kids Connection Daycare Board

Helena West




Miss Kay – 3 year old class teacher.

Born and raised in Springfield MO. Over 25 years of experience working in the preschool field. Currently attending MSU to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family development. I am looking forward to teaching your child.


Miss Jenna – 2 year old class teacher.

Born and raised in Poplar Bluff MO and moved to Springfield three years ago. Currently attending MSU on Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family development, specializing in Child Life. I have two years of early childhood experience and enjoy helping young children grow and learn.


Miss Debora- Pre K teacher.

I have been working in the Child Development/Preschool field for over 30 years. I have worked in every realm of the field; from teacher to director. Until recently, I ran my own in-home preschool. it afforded me to stay home worth my children and still do what I loved, teach! I love developing curriculum and watching the children learn. I encourage children to become hands-on learners!

I hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child and Family Development from MSU. I am also working on my Master’s Degree in Eduction and Social Work.

I look forward to working with your child in their preschool adventure! If you have any questions feel free to ask!