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.
Megan Bellinger (Lead 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.
Suzanne Glass (Co-Teacher - Preschool I)
Suzanne relocated from North Carolina before joining the BCDC staff in August of 2019. Although trained as a paralegal, Suzanne found her love of teaching and earned her Early Childhood Credential. With over 16 years of work with children, we are happy to have her knowledge and experience on staff.
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).
Sydney Robert (Co-Teacher - Preschool II)
Sydney is a graduate student at Brockport, working toward her masters in nonprofit management. She joined the Preschool program in 2019 with several years’ experience in early education.
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.
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.”