Constance "Connie" Knott Toigo (1962-2009) earned her B.S. in Child Psychology in 1984 and an M.S. in Child Development in 1986 from Eastern Michigan University. After completing her education, she took a position with the Washtenaw County Head Start as a Home Base Teacher where she worked with low-income parents and children in their homes as well as collaborated with social services agencies to meet family needs. She later took a position as Master Teacher at the University of Michigan International Student Services Pound House Children's Center, where she refined her skills in early childhood teacher education. As a leader in the field, Connie was instrumental in opening and establishing the early excellence of the University of Michigan Hospital Child Care Center. She also consulted state-wide for the Kaplan Company. Connie then returned to the Ann Arbor area as Community Education Coordinator for the Ann Arbor Public School District, before becoming Principal of the District's Early Intervention Programs.