About Kim: Hello! I am Kim Estes, founder of Savvy Parents Safe Kids. I have had the pleasure of working with parents for over 17 years, educating them on various parenting topics. However, my journey into child safety and prevention education happened after a predator’s actions in my community left me feeling unprepared. I knew that there had to be a solution of how to get great information into the hands of parents without all the scare tactics. I am a parent too… and I don’t want to be freaked out any more than you do! I wanted a practical and simple approach to safety.
So, in 2006 I began working with parents, helping them gain the confidence they needed to start talking safety with their children. Through non fearful techniques and easy to apply parenting strategies adults gain the skills needed to make safety a regular part of their conversation. I am a certified prevention educator through the National Security Alliance, the Kid Safe Network, a Darkness 2 Light facilitator, a MERIT trainer with the State of WA and a member of the APSAC. I completed the Bellevue Citizens Police Academy and was the recipient of the 2007 and 2008 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (Bronze, Gold and Silver) for outstanding volunteerism. I am also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Eastside, a 3 year leadership development program. As a Child Safety Expert, I have appeared on local and national TV and Radio shows, helping to raise awareness on the importance of prevention education. I love what I do and have had the incredible opportunity to travel around the United States to talk about safety. I have met some amazing people along the way!
About Jill: Jill is a MERIT trainer and holds a Masters Degree in Education. Jill has extensive experience working with moms groups, parents and early educators in the Seattle area. Jill is also a previous preschool teacher, so she knows the in’s, out’s and nuances it takes to talk to kids. Her unique perspective having taught young children and also working with parents makes her a great asset to the Savvy Parent Safe Kids team as our Preschool and Early Educator Safety Specialist.
About the logo…..
When I began the search for a logo for Savvy Parents Safe Kids, I wanted something meaningful and symbolic of my values as a parent and something that would reflect the mission of Savvy Parents Safe Kids. The cottonwood tree has an amazing story and one that I believe aligns perfectly with the mission of Savvy Parents Safe Kids. During last week of May into about the first two weeks of June, the cottonwood trees begin to release gazillions of tiny, snow like seeds into the air. This trademark “fluff” of the Cottonwood means more than just sending its seedlings floating many miles away— Cottonwood seedlings need to migrate and float away from their parents because a cottonwood seedling cannot survive in their parents shade. They need full sun to truly grow into healthy strong trees. A single snowy seed can travel 20 miles on a single breeze. It will travel weightlessly atop the current of a spring freshet . A newly sprouted cottonwood seedling won’t even pause long enough to grow much of a tree top or even full-sized leaves until it has a large enough root structure to survive. Instead it will send down its root as thin as a human hair to reach water insuring its survival during the dry summer months. There is a learn a lesson or two to be learned from the Cottonwood tree: That as much as we love our children, they grow, they need independence and will eventually “grow away” from us. We need to give them the tools they need to land safely, to grow strong roots and teach them how to safely survive in their world. Encouraging and allowing our children thrive in their own sun.