My name is Stacy Dervin, and I am the owner of Eco Kids Village. Burnt out after 13 years working in Finance, I left my job as an Investment Director in 2017 to start a preschool in my home.
Partnered with a Montessori Preschool Teacher, I became the School Director for Eco Kids Village. Within just months, we fully enrolled our program and had several teachers on staff. We had a robust community of families, teachers and students in South Eugene. It was (and still is!) a really beautiful group of people. We graduated three full classes of preschoolers before we had to close down permanently after COVID-19 hit.
In late March 2020, I wanted so badly to help parents at home who were overwhelmed with full-time work and watching their children at home. I ended up creating the first Eco Kids Village activity kit- the Rainbow Busy Bag. This kit was full of no-instructions-needed play activities for young children. These were a lot of the same activities we pulled out in the classroom for our preschoolers when we just needed to keep little hands busy.
At Eco Kids Village, we believe:
- Black Lives Matter
- Love is Love
- Science is Real
- Feminism is for Everyone
- Humans are not illegal
- Kindness is everything