LCC follows a weekly theme calendar through the entire year. The themes are center-wide allowing the staff to include all children in certain activities. Each classroom adapts the theme to be suitable for the age group involved. Our teachers are concerned with developing themes to include math, science, language and literacy, art, social studies, and dramatic play. Both the toddler and preschool/Pre-K classrooms employ the use of Learning Centers through the day. We believe that center play provide opportunities for children to make choices, work with others, engage in hands-on activities, and become immerged in learning. The goal of Lederman is to instill the fundamental skills necessary for success in school and throughout their lives.
Our themes allow children to become engrossed in make believe and learning! Themes range from the Solar System to transportation, community helpers to author studies of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss. The teachers create projects, change learning center activities, and produce lesson plans that encourage children to ask questions and use their distinctive natural interest to gain an understanding of the theme. Parents can find the themes on the monthly calendar in the -parent news- section of our website and are encouraged to discuss themes with their children!
Our staff is proud of the quality of work performed at LCC. The teaching staff closely supervises all experiences and guide children as they practice social skills. Our staff model appropriate behaviors by showing respect to all, including other adults, children, and proper use of toys and books. In modeling these actions, young children grow socially and emotionally! Our staff members receive training by New York State and attend mandatory yearly trainings. The American Red Cross certifies all staff in CPR and First Aid.
|Julianna Arms – Executive Director/Head PreK Teacher
Julianna has been teaching preschool for 15 years. She loves working and playing with the children, witnessing their emotional and academic growth. As a group these children grow socially, appreciating each other, their individualities, and their contribution to the group as a family. It is important for us to prepare the children academically for their future as kindergarteners, but it is equally as important for us encourage their developing social skills which are necessary for us all to work and play well with others. Juianna is also the children’s librarian at the Stone Ridge Library where she has the opportunity to develop and implement programming for older children. “Every day you work with these kids they say something or do something that puts a smile on your face. I can’t imagine better people to work with.”
|Ashley – Toddler Head Teacher
Ashley has her bachelors degree in early childhood education from SUNY New Paltz. She enjoys teaching early math skills and creating art projects.
|Fran – Assistant Teacher
Fran has been a teacher at Lederman for over 15 years! She is the resident artist and enjoys sharing her love of art with the children and staff. Fran has the ability to see and help develop the creative element in every child
|Deanna – Pre-k Teacher
Deanna has been an employee at Lederman Children’s Center for 3 years. She engages the children in the morning with activities including art projects and many gross motor skill projects. She can be found on either the toddler or preschool side.
|Alisha- Assistant Teacher
Alisha is currently majoring in Art Education and minoring in graphic design at SUNY New Paltz. She engages the children in afternoon activities. She enjoys working with children and has 8 years of previous experience.
|Laurie – Assistant Teacher
Laurie has been working with children since she graduated with an Early Childhood Education Degree. She has worked for United Cerebral Palsy with multiply handicapped children. She has also worked for the Rondout Valley School District in special ed and has worked with Julianna since 2008. She sat on the AYSO soccer board for 18 years. She loves working with children and can’t wait to see their smiling faces in the morning.