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Denise Yankou

RIE®-inspired early childhood specialist, postpartum doula, and literacy tutor;

M.S.Ed. in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Childhood Special and General Education, Bank Street College of Education;

20+ years experience providing childcare, support, and parent education in families' homes;

Fully vaccinated, including COVID-19 booster shots

A photo of Denise Yankou. Denise is sitting outside in the grass on a sunny day.
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About Me

I believe early care and education are rooted in the 3 Rs: responsiveness, reciprocity, and respect. My approach is inspired by the develpmental-interaction approach and RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers®). I strive to partner with families in a way that is culturally responsive and sensitive to individual preferences. I am also dedicated to safety and evidence-based practices, including safe sleep, and stay updated on American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines and recommendations.

I have been working with young children and families for over 20 years and made it my full-time profession when I became a nanny in 2016. Since then, I have worked as a classroom teacher, forest school teacher, toddler art teacher, infant daycare teacher, postpartum doula, and caregiver. My M.S.Ed. in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood special and General Education will be conferred upon completion of my thesis, “Becoming a Parent in the Age of COVID,” in summer 2024.

My RIE® training began in 2018 with the Nurturing Nanny™ course and I am now a RIE® Practicum student studying under Dr. Christina Cohen. I am a CAPPA-trained postpartum doula and am studying to become a full-spectrum lactation educator under Birth Advocacy Doula Trainings.

I am deeply committed to antibias education, bodily autonomy, and abolitionist teaching. My hobbies include advocacy around these issues as well as playing the guitar, singing, long-distance running, and vegan cooking.

To learn more about my qualifications, experience, and training, please visit my LinkedIn page

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Infant and Toddler Teacher

Available summer 2024

Postpartum Doula, Caregiver, and Parent Educator


Literacy Tutor


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Please email me at to schedule a free Zoom consultation or phone call.

I am located in the West Harlem/Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan and can travel throughout the city.

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