All of our programs are designed to give every child the opportunity to explore their world in a safe and secure environment. With developmentally appropriate tools (books, toys, motor development equipment), children spend their days learning, growing, and finding their place in the world.
Currently there are ten classrooms. The age groupings are as follows:
2 Infant Rooms - Age eight weeks to 15 months
2 Toddler Room - Age 15 months to 24 months
2 Twoodler Rooms - Age 24 months to 36 months
3 Preschool Rooms - Ages three years to five years
1 School-age Rooms - Ages five years to 12 years
Our staff at BCDC strives for the highest levels of professional development. Each staff participates in at least 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 eighteen months. We provide a loving and nurturing 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. By consistently meeting their physical and emotional needs, we show our babies that adults are dependable. Through our response to their cries, body language, or early verbalization, they learn that the world is a safe, predictable, and 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, and carried. They are kept clean and 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. Our days include group activities, music and story time, art projects, and one-on-one time with each child.
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 Bachelor’s 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 Associate’s Degree in both Early Childhood and Animal Science.
The Toddler Program cares for children ages eighteen months to two years. It is geared to provide a safe, healthy environment in which the children have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences: from paint and paste to pegboards and play dough, 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, so we provide both security and structure while helping them learn the power of their own words and the freedom of making 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)
Joy Cliff received her CDA certificate in 2004, and has been working at BCDC since 2010. Prior to joining our staff, Joy worked at Lakeside Daycare for 20 years in the Infant classroom.
Adriana Cliff (Assistant Teacher - Toddler II)
Adriana joined the BCDC family in 2011. She started as a substitute, was promoted to a teacher’s 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.
Mary Deary (Head Teacher - Toddler I)
Mary started BCDC in April of 2015. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in English Literature. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Childhood and Early Childhood Education from Niagara University. She has been working with children for 10 years and is excited to be back at her almamater.
Gabriella Pietropaolo (Assistant Teacher - Toddler I)
Gabriella joined BCDC in May, 2015. She began as a substitute and was promoted to a Teacher’s Aid position when she began working in the Toddler 1 classroom full time. She received a BA in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Brockport.
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 ability to use language increases, we pay special attention, and provide many day‑to‑day chances to use this emerging skill. Along with finger paints, sandboxes, jungle gyms, dress‑up clothes, puzzles and picture books, we also provide warmth and security.
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. Cori also works as our Staff Health Advocate, overseeing all health records, medication, incident reports and maintaining up-to-date health services.
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 (Co-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 Bachelor’s 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 Pre‑School Program cares for children ages three to five years. Since children learn from personal interaction and talking about their experiences, the teachers' 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 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, the 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.
Jessica Grupka (Head Teacher - Preschool II)
Jessica joined the center in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Health Science from SUNY Brockport. She also has over 15 credits in Early Childhood Education and enjoys working with children.
Cassie Kernan (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool III / UPK)
Cassie joined the BCDC staff in February, 2015 as the Co-Teacher in the UPK classroom. She received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the College at Brockport and has a NYS certification in Childhood Education and Special Education. Cassie has strong experience in the special education field and has a passion for working with children. Cassie is currently finishing her Master’s degree from Buffalo State in Special Education.
Brittni Loewke (Co-Head Teacher - Preschool III / UPK)
Brittni joined the BCDC family in June 2014. She comes to us with a Bachelor’s 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. Currently, Brittni is completing a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Brockport and Nazareth.
The School‑Age Program cares for children ages five to twelve years. 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 interactive, interdisciplinary instruction, revolving around the arts, recreation, and making connections to school curriculum. The children are offered both structured (teacher directed) and unstructured (child directed) choices of activities. These include games, crafts, sports, cooking, music, and more. School‑agers are in the process of learning how they fit into the larger world. Rules and social opinions (peer pressure) are very important to them. Through artistic expression, enrichment activities, playing games and participating in sports, the children 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 of our school year program, with for swimming, track, field trips, computers, and other exploratory activities. Since a good part of the children's free time is spent at the Center, we try to make that time as relaxing and enjoyable environment.
Erik Homan (Head Teacher - Younger School Age)
Erik joined the BCDC staff in the summer of 2014. He has earned two Bachelor’s 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 Master’s 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 lifelong learners.