By My Side seeks to support and strengthen family and community life by promoting understanding and resilience within families and communities through positive social interaction, education, networking, and community building across economic, generational and cultural lines. Our mission is to provide all families with a warm and welcoming environment in which they can enhance their children's lives through age appropriate play while simultaneously providing a welcoming community where families can connect and expand their parenting village. By My Side is nurturing families and growing community. We are a 501c3 parenting program focused on providing quality programming and resources for children and those who care for them.
Gail Szczesniak –Education Director
Gail started teaching children in her teen years as a camp counselor and teaching dancing lessons. She was a licensed home daycare provider and after returning to college as an adult, developed and taught a preschool / pre-k program in her local school district. Gail was also the program coordinator for an elementary aged after school program, with a daily attendance of 80 children and a staff of 18. She believes teaching should engage the whole child and children need to take an active role in their learning process – empowered by play. Gail has lived in East Kensington since 2009 and is the mother of 4 sons and grandmother of 3 girls! She is passionate about developing positive relationships with children and families and being able to grow together.