Our Staff & Administration

We respect the teaching staff, children and families and the many ways in which they learn. We believe in working together as co-constructors of knowledge, keeping communication open to create the best possible program for our children. To be considered for career opportunities at Tacoma Day, please deliver a completed employment application to our center.

Rosemary Totten


Executive Director

Being the Director of Tacoma Day has been the most rewarding not to mention challenging experience of my life. I received my BA from Central Washington University in Sociology and was drawn toward working with children. My first teaching job was in the preschool arena. I studied and completed courses in ECE. I became one of the first 50 in the State of Washington to receive my CDA competency credential. Today, 33 years later, I am still amazed, excited and humbled to be working with children. I was drawn to the philosophy of Tacoma Day and over the years I realize it has beome mine.

  • We believe in the worth of each person
  • We believe in the provision for a developmentally appropriate climate for learning
  • We believe in the worth of every child
  • We believe that each child is a resilient individual who has unique qualities
  • We believe in the individuality of families
  • We believe in the enhancement of the quality of life for children and families

Teaching Staff


Teachers at Tacoma Day are required to have training in early childhood education. This training is obtained through the following: A degree through an accredited two– or four-year college, A certificate through a one– or two-year accredited technical college program, Child Development Assistant (CDA) through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Management Team


Tacoma Day is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of teachers, attorneys, private business owners and professional people from all walks of life. Our Trustees volunteer their time and talents working with our Executive Director to ensure that our facility continues to operate with the highest of standards.

Tacoma Day Cook


Our cook works with the child-adult care nutrition guidelines to provide healthy, appealing meals to children and staff.