CDEA Family and Friends

It is with a deep sense of sorrow mingled with joy that I inform you that our dear friend and founder of the Child Development Education Alliance, Ellen McKinley, went to be with the Lord last evening, March 4, 2019. She was surrounded by loved ones when she graduated to her eternal home after complications from open heart surgery.

Many have described Ellen as a passionate, fierce, and feisty advocate for quality early childhood education programs. For more than twenty-five years, Ellen pursued her passion for Christ-centered early care and education through CDEA. We had the privilege of honoring her as our Founder, President Emeritus, and mentor at this year’s Annual CDEA conference in Orange Park, Florida just last week. It was God’s gift to her and to us to have her with us so close to her homegoing.

I am reminded of the wonderful promise in I Corinthians 2:9 that “eye has not seen, nor ear heard the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” I am so grateful that we do not grieve without hope, and that we can’t even imagine the joy and delight that Ellen is experiencing right now in the presence of the Lord.

Until we meet again in the presence of Jesus, the One who loved us and gave Himself for us, we will keep looking up in anticipation of a glorious reunion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to one of Ellen’s favorite charities in her memory:

Child Development Education Alliance (CDEA)
The Wounded Warrior Project
Safe Animal Shelter of Clay County
First Baptist Church of Orange Park

Donna Thornton Roberts
Child Development Education Alliance