Childs received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Miami University. A proponent of lifelong learning, she has pursued postgraduate study at The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of New Orleans, University of Memphis, Nicholls State University, and the University of Dayton.
While Childs has done some stage work, her primary theatrical involvement has been as an accompanist, vocal coach, and music director for school, community theatre, and professional productions. Local music directing credits include Miami University, University of Dayton, LaComedia Dinner Theatre, the Carnegie, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Childs has been a production adjudicator, and has served as a clinician and workshop presenter in the areas of Orff music and musical theatre. In addition to her work with CCM, she is a music specialist with Kettering City Schools.