The Pre‑School Program cares for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
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.
ADRIANA CLIFF (ASSISTANT TEACHER - PRESCHOOL I)
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.
AIDEEN FOSTER(ASSISTANT TEACHER - PRESCHOOL II)
Aideen joined BCDC as a part time staff in March 2021, and transitioned to a full time Preschool two teacher in August 2021. Aideen graduated from the School of the arts in 2018. Aideen has been working with kids since middle school as a camp counselor and dance instructor.
ANDREA MCMILLAN (LEAD TEACHER - PRESCHOOL II)
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).
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 SUNY 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.
LAURIE LINDSAY (CO-HEAD TEACHER - PRESCHOOL III / UPK)
Laurie started with BCDC in summer of 2018. With a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Laurie appreciates the joy, wonder and development of children in the pre-k setting. She is here because it is “what I do and what I love.”