Our Vermont Childcare License requires that all staff participate in a minimum of 12 hours of annual professional development. Our Center policy requires a minimum of 24 hours, and gives bonuses to teachers who complete accredited college courses within our field of Early Childhood Education.

In the past few years we have been able to pay for our staff to attend accredited courses through a generous grant from the Mascoma Foundation.


  • CPR/AED/First Aid Trainings (All staff)
  • Building Blocks for Literacy (18 hours)
  • Mandated Reporter Training (1 hour)
  • Specialized Care Providers Training (6 hours)
  • CSEFEL Infant and Toddler Training (15 hours)
  • Observing and Recording Behaviors (6 hours)
  • Masters of Education and Instruction (180 hours, 4 graduate courses)
  • Planning for Early Childhood Administration (45 hours, 3 credit course)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education (45 hours, 3 credit course)
  • Introduction to Exceptional Populations (45 hours, 3 credit course)
  • Language and Literacy (45 hours, 3 credit course)
  • Granite United Way Networking and Support Sessions (4 hours)
  • Infant and Toddler Social Emotional Development within the Context of Relationships (6 hours)
  • STARS (STep Ahead Recognition System) training (2 hours)
  • Knee High Nature: Feathered Friends (3 Hours)
  • Children – The Future (4 sessions, 6 hours)
  • Physical and Emotional Intellectual Development (2 hours)






Laurie has worked in educational settings for almost 30 years, and has directed Bridging the Gap Afterschool Program for the past 16 years. She holds her CDA for Preschool Age and continues to study Management in the ECE Setting with the Community College of Vermont. Laurie is the mother of 3 children, and grandmother to 9, ages 3 months year to 18 years old. She lives in Windsor with her husband, Dana, and their dalmatian.


Mrs. Knapp owned and operated her own preschool, “Big Bird’s Nest” for 11 years, and worked at State Street School as a para-educator in K-6 special needs classrooms. She was also Head Teacher at Bridging the Gap Learning Center (after school program at SSS) for 8 years. Mrs. Knapp continues to develop the curriculum at the Center as it related to nature and culture. She lives in Windsor with her husband Fred and has two sons, Jason and Timothy, and a grandson, Caleb.


Ms. Joyce worked as a paraeducator at State Street School for 10 years and as an assistant teacher at BTG after school program for 5 years. She received her Childcare Certificate from Claremont Vocational School, and annually operates Mitchell’s Magic Christmas at her home as a benefit for Dartmouth’s Childre’s Hospital (CHAD). Ms. Joyce works as the preschool classroom assistant. She lives in Claremont with her husband, Brian, and enjoys spending time with her adult daughter, Teagan.


Ms. Nancy has formally studied ECE and worked with children in a variety of capacities. She has worked with infants and toddlers at WECEC since 2015. She lives in Charlestown with her 6-year-old granddaughter, Scarlet, and enjoys spending time with her as she grows.


Mr. Dave has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children of all ages and abilities. Dave is high-energy and enjoys running the playground with his toddler crew, reminiscing about the days of raising his own 2. He lives in Hartford.


Ms. Becky is continuing her formal ECE degree work from the University of Phoenix at the Community College of VT. Becky enjoys Zumba and spending time with friends. She is the mother of 3 adult children and grandmother to 4, ages 3 months to 5 years old.


Mrs. Carmichael owned and operated her own preschool, “Love for Learning” for 6 years. She taught at State Street School for 16 years, and was the founding director of WECEC. In July of 2012 she earned her Masters Degree in Education from SNHU. Marie lives in Windsor with her husband, David, and has 2 son, triplet girls, and soon-to-be 6 grandchildren.

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