The preschool program accommodates children from 3 to 5 years of age. The bright and airy preschool room is large enough to allow for many choices, yet arranged in such a way to provide a cozy and enveloping feeling in each area. In this way, children are able to be part of a large group, work quietly alone, or with a couple of friends. The environment is set up to encourage active exploration of a variety of invitations intentionally selected to follow the children's interests and abilities.
Preschool Room Staff
Katie Lugg, Lead Preschool Teacher
I have worked at the Child and Family Development Center since 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in child development from Southern NH University. My favorite things about working with young children are watching them reach a developmental milestone for the first time. My classroom passions are reading stories, helping children learn to draw their ideas, building with blocks and conducting science experiments.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, taking my dog Blackie for walks and running for exercise. I love attending baseball games; my favorite team is the Fisher Cats! I also enjoy shopping and spending time with my family.
Stephanie Ring, Teacher Assistant
I have been working with children for 15 years. I have spent time with all ages and simply love watching them grow and learn new skills. When I first started working at the Child and Family Development Center I was a toddler teacher for three years then made the move to the preschool room and love it!
I am currently attending New Hampshire Technical Institute working towards my associate’s degree in early childhood education. In my spare time I love boating, hiking, spending time with family and friends and spending lots of time with the love of my life, my two-year old female boxer named Stella.
Brian Enes, Teacher Assistant
I grew up in Bristol, R.I., a small coastal town near the ocean and decided to move to New Hampshire to attend Chester College of New England, a small art school. I’ve loved art ever since I was a child and wanted to continue to practice and learn as much as I could about the history and techniques. During my time at CCNE, an art education program was created and I thought I might try it out – I’m glad I did! I saw the same excitement that I had for art in the young children I was teaching and decided to continue down this avenue of teaching children art techniques and showing them the potential that they have.
I am also a big soccer fan, something I also loved doing as a child. When a nice day comes around, I’ll dust off the old soccer ball and head to a park. I now live in Manchester, where I take care of two cats and two mice.
Amber Rodney, Student Intern
I grew up in the small town of Farmington. I have two younger sisters and one older sister and because of them I knew I wanted to work with children. Growing up I helped raise my two younger sisters and they have helped me choose which direction I wanted to take my life in. I am currently a student at NHTI working towards my associate’s degree in early childhood. I would like to continue on in getting degrees in speech pathology and physical therapy. My dream is to go to third world countries and teach young children that don’t have those opportunities.
For as long as I can remember I have been playing sports such as basketball, softball, volleyball and gymnastics. Sports have always been my life and will continue to be a big part of my life. I would love to coach a sports team for young children so I can teach them how to use those different abilities in everyday life.
My passion for working with children began when I was a young girl. I would always want to care of my sister who is five years younger than me. When working with young children I love watching them grow as they explore their world and make new discoveries each day. I am currently working towards my associate’s degree in the Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities program at NHTI. I would like to continue my education to earn a bachelor’s degree in special education. I chose to go into the disabilities field because I want to make a difference in a child’s life by encouraging them to always pursue their dreams and to never give up.
In my free time I enjoy running, spending time with friends and family, relaxing at my beach house on Lake Winnipesaukee, playing with my two Hungarian Sheep dogs, and always trying to smile and have fun!