KINDERHAVEN PRESCHOOL ACADEMY
The KINDERHAVEN DIRECTOR, Dr. Penny Robbins, is responsible for the day to day operations of the school, maintaining licensing and accreditation standards and supervision of staff. The director also serves as an educational advisor, trainer and support for the teaching staff.
The FACULTY AND DIRECTOR have degrees in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, and/or related fields. Classroom assistants have some early childhood education and/or experience working with young children. Volunteers and student teachers may augment the teaching staff.
The staff to child ratio is 3-4 adults to a maximum of 20 children in the oldest two groups and 3-4 adults to 16 in the youngest. The teaching staff and director alike support Early Childhood Education and its relationship to the greater community. All faculty participates in on-going training and education, especially in the field of the Reggio philosophy, art, empathy and compassion in early childhood, and trends in child development and teaching methods. All faculty are trained in CPR, first aid and safety procedures. Additionally, each faculty member develops a research project, reading journal articles and writing their own observations and thoughts concerning their research questions. Lastly, they engage in a biweekly staff “journal club” presenting a journal article in an early childhood field which interests them.