Rebecca Walsh

Director, Early Childhood Matters

Early Childhood Matters' founder and director, Rebecca Walsh is an early childhood expert and mother of three. Rebecca's primary focus is helping parents to understand the developing brain of children, while providing methods to establish connection and effective positive discipline tools in the early years. Her passion is sharing with parents and caregivers the wisdom and experience she has gained from working as a director, lead teacher, supervisor, parent educator, teacher mentor, and most importantly as a parent of three young children. 

Rebecca has decades of experience: founding preschools internationally, developing early childhood and at-risk youth programs throughout the Bay Area, directing head start programs, and teaching and mentoring at Pacific Primary. She holds a Bachelor's degree in childhood development and a Master's in Religion and Psychology.

Since founding Early Childhood Matters in 2010, Rebecca has worked with parents throughout the Bay Area and beyond [from New Orleans, LA to Melbourne, Australia] to help them better understand and support them on their journey to nourish the minds and spirits of tomorrow’s world.

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Jenn Suffin

Jennifer Suffin, IBCLC is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant providing personalized breastfeeding support in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years. She takes pride in offering clients a sense of comfort and valuable evidence-based tools to help empower them through breastfeeding challenges and so much more on the winding path of new parenthood. As a mother of two, she can offer not only a professional perspective but recognizes personally that new parenthood is an incredible time with ups and downs that should be navigated with the care and support of others. Visit to learn more about Jenn and her services.


Alexis Buckley

Alexis Buckley has spent her whole life working with children and families, from after school programs to preschool, nannying to parent education. Since 2010 Alexis has taught at The Little School; teaching pre-k, young toddlers and more recently organizing parent education events. Alexis graduated in 2009 with her masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from San Francisco state university. She has taught at San Francisco Unified School District and Marin Day Schools/Bright Horizons. Alexis grew up in Santa Cruz California and moved to San Francisco in 1999. She believes that children learn through exploration. Holding their hands through the process is a sacred challenge gifted to parents and educators. As the mother of two young sons she understands the need for support and inspiration on a deeply personal level.


Mary Flynn

Mary & her husband hail from Ireland and are raising their four children in San Francisco. With four children, ages 4-13, and hundreds of babies sleep trained under her belt: there's not a question she hasn't been asked or can't find the answer to! She is the founder of Bay Area Baby Squad. and a certified Postpartum Doula (DONA). Additionally, Mary is a Sleep Specialist, certified Doula Trainer, Lactation Educator, certified EMT and Child Passenger Safety technician (CPS).