Yanique is a mother of two adult daughters. She has over 20 years of experience as a manager, trainer, author, and researcher in the areas of early childhood education, child welfare, adolescent development, parenting and Haitian culture. Yanique has developed national training for directors, teachers, and management staff of Head Start, a comprehensive early childhood program. She is a Certified Child Trauma Specialist and received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Yanique was born in Port-au-Prince and raised in New York City, she lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with husband Ellis.