Who are these Ashcrafts anyway?

Mike and Chelsea have been active in the child and youth development field since 1989. They currently live in the small mountain community called Cedar Grove, New Mexico with their two wonderful daughters. Mike and Chelsea met while working at a YMCA that ran a summer day camp and school-age child care program. They successfully managed a number of camps and afterschool programs, and Chelsea directed a corporate child care center for a number of years.

Mike and Chelsea founded and direct a non-profit organization that provides youth development programs as well as staff training, and consulting. Mike taught courses in brain-based teaching, and middle childhood development for Concordia University. Mike is a former President of the NM School-Age Care Alliance and the NM Association for the Education of Young Children. Chelsea teaches courses in leadership, child care management, early childhood guidance, and teaching strategies at the Central New Mexico college. Mike is the author of Best Practices: Guidelines for School-Age Programs and the Best Practices Workbook. Together, they wrote Leading to Learn: Learning to Lead – Organizational Leadership for the Child Care and Youth Development Director.

They frequently teach workshops, seminars, and keynotes. They have presented at many national conferences. They have trained professionals from all 50 states of the USA, as well as, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and Japan.

Typical audiences include:
• Afterschool Program Staff
• Camp Staff
• Early Childhood Educators
• Adult Educators/Trainers and College Instructors


Click here for Mike's resume.


Click here for Chelsea's resume.