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Early Education and Care Mission Statement:

The Early Education and Care Department will passionately represent the VOC mission by providing high quality early education experiences for children and their families.  Through the use of agency and community resources and high quality early educational programming, we will strengthen and empower families and increase positive outcome opportunities for children and their families.  The department will have a supportive, effective infrastructure that will be finanically viable, strong, and effective.  

What will you find in a VOC Early Education program?

  • Children and adults feel welcome when they visit the program. Educators help new children adjust to the program environment and make friends with other children.
  • All families are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the program.
  • Educators engage in warm, friendly conversations with the children and encourage and recognize children’s work and accomplishments.
  • Children are given opportunities to learn and develop through exploration and play.
  • Materials and equipment spark children’s interest and encourage them to experiment and learn.
  • Activities are designed to help children get better at reasoning, solving problems, getting along with others, using language, and developing other skills.
  • Educators modify strategies and materials to respond to the needs and interests of individual children, engaging each child and enhancing learning.
  • Families receive information about their child’s development and learning on a regular basis.
  • Educators have educational qualifications and specialized knowledge about young children and early childhood development.Brain Building Logo.jpg
  • The program uses a variety of strategies to communicate with families, including family conferences, new family orientations, and individual conversations.
  • Snacks and meals are nutritious and food is prepared and stored safely.
  • Educators are CPR and First Aid certified and undergo a thorough background record check.

Early Education and Care Staff List

Position Name

Phone (413) 552-1559 

 Director of Early Education and Care  Jennifer Malone x325
 Priority Populations Manager  Rae-Ann Rogers x315
 Educator Support Manager  Norma Cartagena x306
 Enrollment Manager  Jessica King x329
 Lead Center Director  Heather Carr x335
 Program Nurse  Lisa Dube x321
 Program Assistant  Diane Cruz x301
 Educator Billing Assistant  Pat Laughlin x311
 Enrollment Specialist/Vouchers  Dolines Morales x303
 Enrollment Specialist/Contracts  Evelyn Berrios x302
 Enrollment Specialist  Yolanda Vargas x304
 Enrollment Specialist  Katie Colon x319
 Social Worker  Melissa Fitzgerald x310
 Social Worker  Kathy Stark x309
 Social Worker  Brenda Delgado x320
 Social Worker  Hilda Schwartzwald x322
 Social Worker Assistant & PEG Enrollment Specialist  Lakisha Cruz x323
 Educator Support Specialist  Jennifer Natal x307
 Educator Support Specialist  Cathy Farrell x308
 Educator Support Specialist  Jordan Stevens x312
 Billing Specialist  Marlene King x305
 Billing Specialist  Maritza Soto x305
 Receptionist  Hector Bayanilla x318

 

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Contact:

(413) 552-1559
35 Mt. Carmel Ave, 3rd Floor
Chicopee, MA 01013

Refer a Friend Program

Did you know you can earn a FREE WEEK of child care by referring your friends to our program? 

If they enroll with us and and remain in the program for a minimum of 90 days, you will receive one week of FREE child care! 

Interested? Download and return the flyer below today! 

Click Here to Download the Refer a Friend Flyer

Click on the program name below to learn more about our Early Education and Care programs. 

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