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.
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 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 NHTI 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.
Laura Kelly, Clerk
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media communications from Roger Williams University, but I always knew it was only a matter of time before I wound up in the education sector! After volunteering at a preschool, I quickly discovered that teaching preschool-aged children was something I was passionate about. My favorite moment while working with children is when I can spend one-on-one time with them- really connecting with them and seeing the world through their eyes.
In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing at the beach, traveling, writing, playing sports, and partaking in new, adventurous activities. I also enjoy learning and would love to continue my studies -- perhaps by getting my masters in education or social work.