Smart Way Solutions

Child Care Resources

Personal Background: 

As early as I can remember, I have always been in the field of early childhood. However, professionally, I began in 1999 working as a teacher assistant in the Head Start program in Central Virginia. Shortly after, I was enrolled to complete the 120 hours needed for the Early Childhood Development program. In 2003 I co-owed a licensed child care facility in Amherst Virginia and shortly after the birth of my third child, I opened and operated Best Start Early Learning. 

For the last eight years, I have been contracted by agencies to provide observations, training and support for teachers, directors/owners seeking credentialing.  I have supported child care providers all over the United States with accreditation, evaluations, observations and resource support. I am currently the Director of Business Development for the Training Academy at Family Central Inc. 

Previous Contract/Jobs:

6 Kid Academy centers located in New Jersey 

Nova Southeastern University

University of Florida  

Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and Miami Dade County

Head Start of Central Virginia and Miami Dade Florida County

CDA Council of Professional Recognition 

Hundreds of Child Care Center Directors and Owners


Crystal has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Business Management and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. 


Train the Trainer Instructor for the State of Florida
Director’s Credential
Reliable in Child Care Business Administration Scale
Approved Instructor for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential and CDA Credential
Certified Professional Development Specialist from the Council of Professional Recognition
Certified CLASS Assessor TeachStone 
Certified Technical Assistance Coach from University of Florida Lastinger Institute

Crystal Swinton M.Ed

Conferences and Training Presentations

Broward's Early Learning Conference 

Children's Count Conference Palm Beach County  

Emotional Intelligence Training

Early Head Start Conference 

S.T.E.A.M. Professional Development Training 

Responsive Care Giving Workshop

Developing Learning Experiences 

Early Literacy in Child Care 

Let's Talk Instructional Support



"Crystal Swinton was my instructor in the FCCPC/CDA class. She is a wise ethical professional that is a sensitive and understanding person in the way she communicates. During the class she made me think and reflect on my practice, build new knowledge, and she helped me make some changes to improve my teaching strategies. I felt very comfortable sharing my weakness or doubts because she always listened carefully, shared her experiences and answered me to help me improve my practice. She made me believe that I can do it. Her life experiences truly has inspired me and I’ll never forget her as my teacher."

Patricia Rodrigues- 2014


"Mrs. Crystal Swinton was my CDA teacher in 2015. She is a very nice, helpful and caring teacher. She cares for her students and is always willing to help them with anything needed. I know that if I ever need help or guidance with anything related to school, I can count on her. I was very happy I had Miss Crystal as my teacher."

-Ornella Benincasa. -2015

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