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Unlock your true potential with

Life PREP Associates LLC! 

Emotional Intelligence Coaching & More

Your Source For Personal and Professional Growth

Our unique holistic approach to emotional intelligence coaching is designed to foster healthy relationships between parents, caregivers, and young children. Step into a self-discovery journey and explore the powerful connection between the mind, body, and soul for emotional, spiritual, and physical Well-Being!

    Love -N- Peace  
Kim ~ namaste

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What Is Holistic Emotional Intelligence?

  • The ability to recognize and manage your emotions while maintaining intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships with understanding and consideration.


  • Knowledge of the connection between the mind, body, and soul to understand self and others.

  • The development of self-awareness, managing emotions, motivating oneself, empathy, and social skills. 

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Get to Know Us

  • Life PREP Associates LLC believes that caregiving is a holistic endeavor that requires the connection of the mind, body, and soul.  Our unique approach emphasizes the importance of self-care and the development of the whole person both caregiver and child.

  • We empower parents and caregivers of young children to develop healthy relationships so they can reach their highest potential.  By equipping parents and caregivers with the right skills, they can raise emotionally intelligent and resilient children. 

  • With our strength-based approach, we use proven strategies and assessments to assist parents, educators, and individuals in developing mindful, compassionate, and emotional intelligence-based practices in their everyday lives.

  • Clients will learn to foster positive interactions and relationships, with their children, in their workplace, and in their community. 

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A Parent Is A Child's First Teacher

The parenting program is designed to create an impactful connection and harmonious relationship with your child. We focus on the mind, body, and soul connection, and teach techniques to help better understand the emotions of both you and your child.

Emotional Wellness Is For Everyone

Our emotions coaching program dives deep into the importance of emotional intelligence in order to lead a more balanced life. We offer individual and group sessions with a holistic approach, focusing on the mind, body and soul. Through our Emotions Mentor coaching, you will learn how to better understand your emotions, and develop effective strategies for managing them. Our experienced team will provide support and guidance as you navigate your journey of emotional growth and development.

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Emotional Intelligent Early Care Educators Have High EQ's

Our early care program focuses on developing emotional intelligence in early care educators and professionals who work with young children. Through this program, our participants will learn how to recognize and understand emotions in themselves and in others, and to better manage and express their own emotions. Our program includes instructional tools, activities, and exercises that facilitate the development of self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathy. Ultimately, our goal is to give early care educators the skills and knowledge to help young children develop socially and emotionally.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Why you need emotional intelligence in your organization. "Emotional Intelligence has been demonstrated to be the strongest predictor of job performance" -Talent Smart

Young Businesspeople

Training For Family Service Providers

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Strengthening Families™ is a researchinformed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five protective factors: • Parental resilience • Social connections • Knowledge of parenting and child development • Concrete support in times of need • Social and emotional competence of children Using the Strengthening Families framework, more than 30 states are shifting policy and practice to help programs working with children and families focus on protective factors. States apply the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood, child welfare, child abuse prevention, and other child and family serving systems.


Kimberly Barnes-Cephas, M.Ed., M.A. ECE
Founder, CEO Life PREP Associates LLC

Emotions Mentor Coach, Strengthening Families Trainer

Conference Presenter, Speaker


Our founder, Kimberly Barnes-Cephas, is a highly experienced professional with over 30 years of combined experience in early childhood education, parenting, relationship facilitation, family violence, and spiritual leadership in both military and civilian environments. Her unique set of skills provides customized services to individuals, couples, families, and communities. 

She is committed to helping families and professionals create healthy, supportive, and emotionally intelligent living and learning environments for children. Through her coaching, training, blog, and resources she strives to create an understanding of the importance of early social and emotional development and provide practical strategies to help ensure children are equipped to succeed.

Kimberly holds a B.S. in Human Services degree from Upper Iowa University, M.Ed. in Adult Education from Northwestern State University, and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University St. Paul. She has been married for thirty-five years and has three adult children, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Family and family time is very important to her. She loves to travel, sit by the water, read, and listen to music.

"Early healthy social and emotional development in children is the pathway to an emotionally intelligent adult" -


Peace-n-Love, Kim 

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