All The Children's Station staff are trained in early childhood development and meet or exceed state requirements. We have certified Medication Adminstration trained staff on site. Most of the staff are first aid and CPR trained and are required to keep their credentials current. All staff have been fingerprinted and cleared by both the New York State Department of Criminal Justice and Central Register of Child Abuse & Maltreatment.
Mary Ann Hansen is founder and owner of The Children's Station. She was awarded 2014 Director of the Year by the Dutchess/Putnam Childcare Council. Ann is MAT certified and holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in education and is a New York State certified teacher.
Diane Millar has been the assistant director since 2000. In addition to her committment to the children at the center, Mrs. Millar shares many of the administrative responsibilities. She is MAT certified and has been working with young children for 24 years.
Victoria Amidon, Pre-K teacher. Vicky was awarded Teacher of the Year, 2012/2013 through the Dutchess/Putnam Childcare Council. She has been with The Children's Station since 2001. Vicky is MAT certified and holds a Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Vicky has had significant training through The Bank Street College of Education. She is currently pursuing a degree in Cognitive Studies.
Lynn Shinkaroff, Preschool 3 year old teacher. Lynn has been with The Children's Station since 2004. She has 15 years experience working with school children and extensive experience working with toddlers. Lynn is MAT certified and holds her CDA. She participates yearly in workshops which focus on the toddler age child, at The Bank Street College of Education.
Janice Laughlin is a co-teacher in the toddler program. She has been with us since 2004. She is MAT certified and holds her CDA. Janice has extensive experience with the toddler and pre-school classrooms. She brings creativity and fun to all aspects of her work with children.
Victoria Piazza has been an assistant as well as the music instructor since 2009. Victoria has a certificate in Early Childhood Development and is a certified Music Together teacher.
Julie Gonzalez is a co-teacher in the toddler program. She is MAT certified and holds her CDA. Julie has been with The Children's Station since 2011. She has been working with children for 11 years. Julie has attended workshops at The Bank Street College of Education.
Giana Flocco is the infant room lead teacher. She came to The Children's Station as an intern from Westchester Community College. Giana's initiative and energy with children encouraged us to hire her as an assistant. Giana holds her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
June Brayman is the infant room assistant and the newest member of the TCS team. She began in May 2015 and is a welcomed addition to the staff.