The heart and soul of the program is impossible to summarize in this Web-based Handbook. Nor is it adequately captured in the reports and newsletter articles we send home. The heart and soul of our program appears as the brightness in your child's eyes, the melody of shared laughter, the exuberance of movement, the pride of mastery, the burst of aha, the intimate, intricate details of everyday life at BCDC. Our high quality program is driven by teachers touching children's lives with skill and compassion. Visit us. Spend some time. Linger.
Currently there are ten classrooms. The age groupings are as follows:
2 Infant Rooms - Age eight weeks to
1 Toddler Room - Age 18 months to 24 months
2 Twoodler Rooms - Age 24 months to 36 months
3 Preschool Rooms - Ages three years to five years
2 School-age Rooms - Ages five years to 12 years
Our staff at BCDC continue to strive for the highest levels of professional development while they are employed with us. We are mandated to receive 30 hours of Professional Development training every two years. Diverse opportunities and settings both on and off campus are available to keep staff knowledgeable on the most current educational practices.
The Infant Program cares for children eight weeks to 12 months. We provide a loving environment staffed by special people who understand the needs of infants. At this stage of development, infants are deciding if the world is a place to be trusted or mistrusted. By consistently meeting their physical and emotional needs, we show our babies they can count on adults. Through our response to their cries, body language, or early verbalization, they learn that the world is a safe, predictable, trustworthy place. Through the use of age-appropriate toys, they learn basic facts about the world and about their ability to have an impact on it. Our infants are talked to, held, carried. They are kept clean and they are well fed. We want each baby entrusted to our care to thrive and flourish, and we do everything we can to make sure that they do..
Lynnette Manuel (Head Teacher - Infant I)
Lynn began working at BCDC in 1974. Lynn has had extensive experience as well as training in caring for very young children. Lynn has her CDA (Child Development Associate) in infant/toddler care.
Nikki Sharpe (Assistant Teacher - Infant I)
Nikki began working at BCDC in 2003 as a substitute and in 2007 as a permanent staff. She received her CDA (Child Development Associate) in 2005.
Kim Myers (Head Teacher - Infant II)
Kim joined BCDC in 2007. She has her Bachelorís Degree in Health from The College at Brockport.
Sara Doty (Assistant Teacher- Infant II)
Sara worked with us for fifteen years as a preschool teacher before taking some time off to spend with her family. Sara has returned to us as a per diem employee in our infant room. Sara has an Associates Degree in both Early Childhood and Animal Science.
The Toddler Program cares for children from 18 months to two years. It is geared to provide a safe, healthy environment in which our children have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences: from paint and paste to pegboards and play-doh, from blocks and beads to bikes and balance beams, and from stories and songs to slides and swings. We recognize that toddlers are struggling with issues of dependence versus independence, and so we provide both the security of structure and the freedom of making simple choices. Through the use of age-appropriate toys and activities we support and extend their emerging physical, intellectual and social skills, taking care that each receives the affection and nurturing so necessary for healthy development.
Joy Cliff (Head Teacher - Toddler II)
Victoria has been working at BCDC since 2011. She graduated from Niagara University with a BS in Childhood Education & Special Education. She has also received her MS in Childhood Literacy from SUNY Brockport.
Adriana Cliff (Assistant Teacher - Toddler II)
Adriana joined the BCDC family in 2011. She started as a substitute, was promoted to a teacherís aide, and now has joined the Toddler classroom full time. She has a BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies from SUNY Brockport. She is excited to be full time with Toddlers and working with the children and their families.
The Twoodler Program cares for children ages two to three. These children are no longer toddlers, yet they are not quite pre-schoolers. Their growing skills require opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of materials and situations. Like Toddlers, Twoodlers are struggling with issues of dependence versus independence, and so we again provide both the security of structure and the freedom of making simple choices. We provide challenge and stimulation as these children become more and more self-sufficient. We recognize learning is built into activities, but the pressure to learn is not. As their language skills increase, children recieve special attention, providing many day-to-day chances to use this most vital new tool. And, of course, we provide warmth and security along with the finger paints and sandboxes, the jungle gyms and dress-up clothes, the puzzles and picture books.
Cori Pittman (Head Teacher - Twoodler I)
Cori joined the BCDC family in 2012 after graduating from SUNY Cortland in 2011. Cori is certified to teach from birth to 6th grade. She is very excited to be joining the Child Development Center staff and working with your children.
Taylor Hermance Assistant Teacher - Twoodler I)
Taylor has been with BCDC since 2012. She is a lifelong resident of Brockport and attended WEMOCO for Early Childhood.
Cheryl Randall (Head Teacher - Twoodler II)
Cheryl began working at BCDC in 2004. She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has more than 12 years experience working with young children prior to joining BCDC.
Margot Toups (Assistant Teacher - Twoodler II)
Margot first came to BCDC as a parent in 2012 and joined our BCDC family as a staff member in March 2014. She has a Bachelorís degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children, a program that focuses on teaching children the arts: dance, music, drama, and visual art. Margot is very excited to be a part of the team in caring for and enriching the life of the children in her care.
The Preschool Program cares for children ages three to five years. Since children learn from personal interaction and talking about their experiences, the teacher's role is to provide an environment that promotes active learning. Active learning occurs when the following ingredients are present: materials for each child, manipulation of those materials, choice by the child of what to do with the materials, words chosen and used by the child, and support by adults or peers that helps the child think about his or her actions. Each room is physically set up to promote each child's feeling of independence and competence. Areas are well defined, materials are easily accessible, and both areas and materials are clearly labeled. The daily routine follows a predictable pattern and varies only with prior notice. Because of this predictability, the children are able to anticipate the sequence of events. This leads to feelings of control over both their environment and their time. By giving attention to each child's needs and interests, our teachers are able to "customize" the curriculum and tailor a very personal educational fit.
Andrea Mendez (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool I)
Andrea began working at BCDC in 1999. She has received training under the auspices of the Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children. Andrea has also received her CDA (Child Development Associate).
Megan Bellinger (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool I)
Megan began working at BCDC in 2007. She has over 20 years in the profession as well as an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill.
Therese Flannery (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool II)
Therese has been with BCDC since 2013. She received her Bachelorís Degree from SUNY Brockport in Psychology and also has a minor in Childhood Psychology. Therese has many years working in the childhood field, most recently coming from Mary Cariola.
Jessica Grupka (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool II / UPK)
Jessica joined the center in 2012. She received her Bachelorís Degree in Psychology and Health Science from SUNY Brockport. She also has over 15 credits in Early Childhood Education and enjoys working with children.
Julie Sweeney (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool III / UPK)
Julie began working at BCDC in 2008. She has a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Rochester, as well as many years of experience teaching young children.
Brittni Loewke (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool III / UPK)
Brittni joined the BCDC family in June 2014. She comes to us with a Bachelorís degree in Psychology from SUNY Brockport and a Child Development Associate and Associate in Human Services from Genesee Community College. Brittni has been working in this field since 2007.
The School-age Program cares for children ages five to 12. We offer before, and after-school care, as well as full day care on school holidays and during the summer months. The prime focus here is recreational. The children are offered both structured (teacher-directed) and unstructured (child-directed) choices of activities. These include games, crafts, sports, cooking, music, plays, computers and more. School-agers are in the process of learning how they fit in to the larger world. Rules and social opinions (peer pressure) are very important to them. Through playing games and participating in sports, they have the chance to practice and develop decision-making skills, teamwork, a sense of fair play, and how language can be used to communicate ideas and feelings. Our Summer Program offers an expanded opportunity for field trips, swimming, biking, bowling, and other activities. Since a good part of these children's free time is spent at the Center, we try to make that time as relaxing and enjoyable as we can.
Erik Homan (Head Teacher - Younger School Age)
Erik joined the BCDC staff in the summer of 2014. He has earned two Bachelorís degrees from The College at Brockport State University of New York in Health Science and History, as well as additional classes in childhood education. Aside from BCDC, Erik worked previously for five years at the Oneonta Family YMCA as a lead teacher and activity coordinator for their summer program for ages 5-12.
Julie Stenger (Head Teacher - Older School Age)
Julie started working at BCDC in September of 2013. She has a Masters Degree in Teaching with certifications in both general and special education from Fordham University and has had five years previous experience teaching in the urban public school districts. Julie believes in an interactive classroom setting where children explore and develop the passion to become life long learners.