I was inspired to write "It Takes A Village to Raise A Child" to share with my readers how blessed I was as a child to be surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, extended family, and mentors, and how their love impacted my childhood . "It Takes A Village to Raise A Child" encourages and enlightens parents of the importance of reaching out to extended family members, community leaders and mentors to assist in inspiring your children to reach for the stars. "It Takes A Village to Raise A Child" reflects on how children can obtain a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, skills and talents being surrounded by loving parents, family members, community leaders, and mentors. Toni Pride, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and received her education in the Mecklenburg County public schools. After graduating high school she relocated to Washington, DC to work as an analyst for the United States Federal Government. Toni continued to pursue her education and received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Social Welfare, and Master's Degree in Public Administration.