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Compassionate Childcare In Chaotic Times

We all want what’s best for our little ones, but choosing the “right thing” to do isn’t so simple. Just like finger painting, caretaking can be a messy art at times. Add in the craziness of our computerized world, and even the best of mommas are going to make mistakes. 

When you feel the stress of parenting start to overwhelm you, that’s the time to reach out for help. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Asking for help shouldn’t feel like a weakness. Quite the contrary! Building a network of supportive friends and family makes you incredibly strong.

Joe Fatheree and Florence Ann Romano created the Finger Painting The Future podcast to help build an empowered community of supportive parents. Everything we do here is dedicated to one goal: helping your little ones thrive in these crazy times and build a future they can be proud of.

With decades of experience in education and childcare, Joe and Florence Ann are gurus on the “goo-goos!” Joe Fatheree has been inspiring children across America with his teaching strategies for over 30 years. For his outstanding contributions in education, Joe was named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

As for Florence Ann, her “professional” name is Florence Ann Romano…but kiddos love to call her “Auntie Lo!”  After 15 years of working as a professional nanny, she decided to make it her mission to spread childcare wisdom across the USA. In addition to Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann is also on the Board of Directors of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council and Lurie Children’s Research Fund.

So, if you’re looking for quality childcare advice from folks who’ve “been there, done that,” you’re going to love this podcast! We can’t wait to help you guide your little ones to greatness.

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Florence Ann Romano

My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!

I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.

Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!

I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.

Joe Fatheree

Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.