Mio Takenaka is an early childhood educator, director, and mentor with over 15 years of experience in the field working with children, families, and caregivers of various backgrounds. Mio was born and raised in Newton MA, where she discovered her passion for early childhood education in high school, volunteering for the in-house preschool. She graduated in 2010 with a Master of Education from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and also gave birth to her daughter the same year. Through motherhood and working as a lead pre-K teacher, she served as a mentor to new educators while expanding her knowledge as a leader.
Since 2015, Mio has been a director of a center-based childcare program in Brookline MA. She serves 60+ families with children under 5yrs old and manages 20 staff members, acting as a liaison between them to provide high quality childcare. She is passionate about promoting equality for early childhood educators, educating families on play-based learning philosophy, and most importantly fostering children's development during their most significant years.