Our Staff

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:

  • CT Early Learning and Development Standards
  • CT Documentation and Observation for Teaching System
  • Playful Learning
  • Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings
  • Children's Literacy
  • Kindergarten Readiness

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.

Director: Eileen Ward

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:

  • Rondretta, a Teacher has worked at CCDC since 2005. Rondretta earned a Child Development Associate Credential, specializing in infants and toddlers.
  • Kimerlie, a Master Teacher has worked at CCDC since 2016. Kimi earned her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood from UConn, . She also completed Field Work at CCDC while earning her degree.
  • Kailey, a Teacher began working full time at CCDC in 2018. Kailey earned her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood from UConn. She also completed Field Work and Student Teaching at CCDC while earning her degree.
  • Terry, an Assistant Teacher, hired in 2011, has over fifty years experience working with young children.
  • Habiba, An Assistant Teacher, hired in 2018, is a student in the Early Childhood Program at UConn, Stamford.

The Young Toddler Team:

  • Kelly,  a Teacher hired in 2013, holds a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Relations. She joined CCDC after fifteen years with another early care and education program.
  • Noelle, a 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.

  • Emily, a Teacher was hired in 2017.  Emily is completing requirements for a CDA and an Associate’s Degree.
  • Ayahna, an Assistant Teacher, hired in 2018, is completing requirements for an Associate's Degree.

The Older Toddler Team:

  • Susan, a Master Teacher has worked at CCDC since 1997.  Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology of the Family and earned twelve additional college credits in Early Childhood Education..
  • Larissa, a Master Teacher has worked at CCDC since 1998.  She earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
  • Jackie holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and has worked at CCDC full time since 2007 and has multiple years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Kayla, an Assistant Teacher,  was hired in 2017 and pursuing her Associates in Early Childhood Education.
  • Stacie, an Assistant Teacher, was hired in 2018, holds a Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is completing requirements for her Bachelor's Degree.
  • Taylor, an Assistant Teacher, was hired in 2018 and is studying to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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.

  • Tracey, a Master Teacher hired in 2014. She earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is working on a Bachelor's Degree.

  • Cinthya, a 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:

  • Christine, a Master Teacher, was hired in 2012 and earned and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood.
  • Jessie, a Master Teacher hired in 2016, earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and had four years experience in local elementary and prechools in the area.
  • Alex, a Master Teacher hired full time in 2017 had four years experience working with young children prior to joining CCDC.  Alex earned his Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies from UConn. She also completed Field Work and Student Teaching at CCDC while earning his degree.
  • Olivia, an Assistant Teacher hired in 2016, is enrolled in a graduate program in School Counseling.
  • Marylou, an Assistant Teacher, hired in 2015, has decades of experience with young children.

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