CCDC is proud to have dedicated and experienced professionals on staff. Each classroom has a team of three teachers and one part time assistant teacher with the Older Toddler room having four full time teachers and two part time assistant teachers. Nearly ninety percent (90%) of our full time teachers have college degrees (80%l with Bachelor Degrees) and have had previous experiences in Early Child Education before joining our staff. We are fortunate to have several teachers who have been here for more than ten years. To build on our strengths as a teaching staff full time teachers are required to complete 20-25 hours of professional development and training each year by attending workshops, taking courses, participating in conferences and increasing professional development experiences. Individual Staff members also participated in various training opportunities focusing on topics such as:
Teachers are encouraged and supported in continuing their formal education in Early Childhood Education with support from our Patricia Nebel Teacher Education Fund. Several teachers are currently enrolled in degree programs.
Eileen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fairfield University. She began her employment at CCDC in 1981. She was hired as a teacher in the Preschool Program, moved to the Young Toddler Program as a Head Teacher, became the Assistant Director and since 1986, the Director. She holds a Connecticut Director's Credential at the Master Level. Eileen has completed extensive continuing education in child development, early childhood education, inclusion of children with disabilities and non-profit management through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Yale Child Study Center, Bank Street College of Education, Wheelock College, Teacher's College, Columbia University, Reggio Emilia (Italy), the University of Connecticut Health Center, the University of Wisconsin, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and several other local and national organizations. Eileen has also been involved on local and regional advisory councils, task forces and with public and private organizations dedicated to the care and education of all young children, their families and teachers. She served on the Advisory Board of the Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions from 2010-2013. In February 2010, Eileen was appointed to the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and continues to serve. The Cabinet advises the Governor and Legislature on school readiness issues. At the 2009 United Way Live United Celebration and Awards Breakfast, Eileen was honored with the Elizabeth Roberts Award. In granting the award, the United Way said the following:
Eileen Ward is Executive Director of the Children's Community Development Center, a premier childcare program in Westport. She is a longtime community partner of United Way and dedicated volunteer. Eileen's expertise on Early Childhood Education is an invaluable asset in helping in determining critical needs in the area of early childhood education and developing strategies to address them. A conversation about what is needed to help kids succeed is not complete without the input of Eileen.
The Infant Team:
The Young Toddler Team:
Noelle, a Master Teacher began working full time at CCDC in 2018. Noelle earned her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood from UConn. She also worked part time at CCDC and completed Field Work and Student Teaching at CCDC while earning her degree.
The Older Toddler Team:
The Preschool Three’s Team:
Joanne, a Master Teacher has worked at CCDC since 1989. Joanne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and completed the requirements in graduate school to become a certified teacher, Pre-K to eighth grade.
Cinthya, a Master Teacher began working full time at CCDC in 2018. Cinthya earned her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood from UConn. She also worked part time at CCDC and completed Field Work and Student Teaching at CCDC while earning her degree.
Alexandra, an Assistant Teacher was hired in 2017 is working towards her Associate's Degree in Psychology.
The Preschool Four’s Team: