The People Behind Ida Barbour Early Learning Center
Theresa Roseborough is our new Center Director, and brings expertise and experience for which we are already seeing excellent results! Most recently Theresa was a Respite Care Provider for Child Care Aware of America, specializing in special needs children of military families. In providing total care for children in the absence of a parent, she was responsible for developing behavior modification plans, planning age appropriate activities, and identifying and assisting families with local training and resources.
You may have known Theresa when she was the Senior Director of Children’s Harbor Suffolk. Since 2002, Theresa handled the total operation of this model child care center for 174 children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
Overall, Theresa has 25 years of experience in her field, from teaching to in-home counseling for early child learning through adolescent and family program management. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University in Child Care & Family Studies.
Edward P. (Ned) McCabe
Edward P. (Ned) McCabe is the President of our Ida Barbour Board and it the “leader of the pack” overseeing many of the responsibilities of running an early learning center. You may know him from his years serving on the Portsmouth School Board. Mr. McCabe graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in 1974 and in 1978 he graduated cum laude from Loras College with a B.A. degree in History/Education. Ned, a native of Rockford, Illinois, relocated to Portsmouth, Virginia in 1982. After teaching and coaching at Nativity Catholic Elementary School, Mr. McCabe moved to Portsmouth and began working in the business sector.
In 1998, a severe heart attack limited what he could do, and in 2002 he was forced to quit work. In 2002, Mr. McCabe started Portsmouth Reads, a community literacy program for both pre-school children and adults in the City of Portsmouth. He served in volunteer leadership for many Portsmouth organizations between 2002 and 2010 such as the Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads Portsmouth, Portsmouth Coalition for Youth, Portsmouth Chip/Healthy Families, the Regional Literacy Coordinating Committee, and the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, as Ex Officio Board Member. Mr. McCabe is also very active in the Portsmouth community in recent years serving on the following Boards and commissions:
- Board Member and current Vice President Portsmouth Sports Club 2012-2015
- Board Member Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia 2012-present
- Board President Portsmouth Sports Club 2015-2016; Board Member Portsmouth Sports Club, Reverse Raffle and Jamboree Chair 2017
Ned is also a Lefcoe graduate and served as Past Chair Van H. Lefcoe Alumni Association 2006.
Just-in Dancy, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, has been with Ida Barbour since January 2015, and her son, Judaea, has attended IBELC since the age of 3. Justin handles many functions including the day-to-day paperwork, attendance records and other data management as well as supporting the individual needs of the staff. She enjoys the staff camaraderie, both in giving quality care for the children and in building relationships with their parents.
As a parent, Justin will tell you she is excited that her son grew academically at Ida Barbour. He is now enrolled in public school, and is well prepared because of all he has learned being enrolled at IBELC. The following testimony best describes how she feels about Ida Barbour:
IBELC cares. This should be our 2nd motto. Here at IBELC we don’t just provide everyday childcare. We listen to the needs of the children and their families. We go above and beyond to ensure their safety and pride ourselves in improving their quality of life. We are a diverse group when it comes to family history and backgrounds, and our children are a reflection of their home life. We try to fill all gaps when it comes to the lives of our children. We provide home-cooked meals with love, keeping in mind that not all families can afford nutritious meals. We have our community partners assist with holidays like Christmas and back-to-school donating. We make sure that no child is without. If ever there is a personal need of the family, IBELC’s door is always open with confidence in knowing that family challenges do exist, but IBELC will do everything in its power to alleviate the impact it has on our children. This is what I love about Ida Barbour Early Learning Center, and I pray that the legacy of “…preparing children for success in school, success in the community and success in life” continues because it’s important for this community.