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Sarah Lawrence College Welcomes New Director of Child Development Institute PDF Print Email


By Patricia Pasquale, Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Sarah Lawrence College

Feb. 28, 2018:  Sarah Lawrence College has announced the appointment of a new director of its Child Development Institute ("CDI"). 

Tricia Hanley, an alumna of Sarah Lawrence and a former head teacher in the college’s Early Childhood Center, returns to Sarah Lawrence after six years at the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development.

Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute was established in 1987 to develop programs for early childhood and elementary school teachers, administrators, child development professionals, parents and the community at large. Drawing on the resources of Sarah Lawrence’s Early Childhood Center, its graduate programs in the art of teaching and child development, and various undergraduate programs, CDI has provided training for teachers from districts and organizations across the region, including Yonkers Public Schools and the Child Care Council of Westchester, as well as carrying out a variety of professional development and community projects.

Hanley, who lives in Larchmont, is excited to be back at Sarah Lawrence at a time when the teaching philosophy of encouraging intellectual development through play is more relevant and more endangered than ever, with children spending more time in front of computer screens at home and at school. The Childhood Development Institute’s educational programs empower teachers and parents, giving them the tools they need to foster more interactive experiences for their children.

“My goal is to get CDI out there and to let everyone know we are here,’’ said Hanley. “We want to better understand ways we can partner with organizations in the community and use the resources we have to benefit them. Between the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty, and students, there is a wealth of knowledge and understanding here at Sarah Lawrence. I would like to help connect all of those pieces and make them even more available to the community.”

Hanley said that one popular resource that the college has been able to provide is its Community Adventure Play Experiences ("CAPE"s). CAPEs play an important role in bringing children back to the basics of play as a way for them to develop initiative, collaborate, and problem-solve using recycled materials in their own communities. Along with community members trained as facilitators, CDI provides materials such as loose parts, cardboard boxes, wood, tires, fabric, paint, and other recycled materials collected from the community for play experiences that take place everywhere from grassy parks to repurposed urban blacktops.

“The goal has always been for CDI to promote a developmentally informed view of children,’’ said Hanley. “Using various tools and offering training on campus and in community settings, CDI provides support to all those who want to promote this philosophy and put it into practice.’’

To learn more about the Child Development Institute, visit

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Children at The Reformed Church Nursery School Celebrate the Spirit of the Season PDF Print Email


By Tara R. Hansen, Parent, Reformed Church Nursery School

Dec. 13, 2017:   As a way of honoring the giving spirit, the children of the Reformed Church Nursery School ("RCNS") are participating in several services and donation drives that help educate them, even at a young age, about the importance of giving back to the community.  

During a special chapel service prior to Thanksgiving, each child brought non-perishable food to be distributed to Westhab, which is the leading not-for-profit provider of housing and social services for homeless and low-income families in Westchester County. The chapel service celebrated the importance of being thankful and concluded with the children placing the food in the donation baskets. Through the generous donations of the families, 100 baskets of food, each a complete Thanksgiving dinner, were donated to local families in need.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas break, RCNS organized other donation drives in which the nursery school children bring in gifts wrapped in white paper as well as pairs of mittens for less-fortunate children to receive for Christmas. The donation table and the mitten garland tree, located by the entrance of the school, are nice reminders to give back to those in need during the holiday season. The beautiful white gifts, distributed by the Mission Council of The Reformed Church, will go to various local organizations for children in need. The warm mittens will be donated to the Nodine Hill Project of Yonkers.

RCNS also gave 10 flocks of chicks for each family in the school to families who do not have enough to eat. These Christmas gifts were donated through Heifer International, whose mission is "to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth." These gifts allow the RCNS community to make a difference to communities with a "long history of poverty."

In the midst of all of the busy holiday shopping and social activities, even the youngest of school children are able to experience giving back and feeling good about doing something for someone else — knowledge they will hopefully take with them for years to come.     

Pictured here:  The mitten tree where pairs of mittens are hung for less-fortunate children.  

Photos courtesy Tara R. Hansen

Eliza Corwin Frost Jr. Kindergarten Visits Bronxville Community Garden PDF Print Email


By Katie Gojkovich, Executive Director, Christ Church Bronxville

Oct. 4, 2017:  Eliza Corwin Frost's Jr. Kindergarten class took a class trip to the Bronxville Community Garden last week. Dave Phillips gave the children a guided tour of the garden.

Farmer Dave, as the children call him, had the children tasting peppery arugula, tomatoes, and nasturtium. The children were very adventurous tasters.


Farmer Dave had his helpers harvesting peppers and green beans. The children were very proud of their efforts. All were amazed to learn that the newly established garden has provided over 200 pounds of fruits and vegetables to a soup kitchen in Mount Vernon.

On the way back to school, the kids saw Mayor Mary Marvin and stopped to tell her all about their time in the community garden. She even had a picture taken with the class.

One of the objectives of the Jr. K program is to have the students interact with the community as much as possible.

To learn more about Eliza Corwin Frost and the Jr. Kindergarten program, contact Mandy Macmillan-Bell, director of admission.

Pictured here: Farmer Dave with children from Eliza Corwin Frost's Jr. Kindergarten program.

Photos courtesy Katie Gojkovich, Executive Director, Christ Church Bronxville


Annual Harvest Moon Festival Saturday, October 28 PDF Print Email


By Volunteers, Reformed Church Nursery School

Oct. 4, 2017:  The Reformed Church Nursery School's Annual Harvest Moon Festival is being held on Saturday, October 28, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in the church's congregational hall (Kraft and Midland).  

Families from the Reformed Church Nursery School and the local community come together for a fun-filled day to celebrate the fall season. This event has both outdoor and indoor activities for nursery school-aged children: raffles, games, crafts, food, pony rides, a petting zoo, a face painter, and a balloon artist. There will also be a silent auction.

The incredible efforts and talents of the RCNS parents make the Harvest Moon Festival possible, and all funds that are raised support the activities of the nursery school. 

Photo by A. Warner

Bronxville Cub Scout Pack 5 Now Recruiting Cub Scouts PDF Print Email


By Viktoria Dallendorfer, Cub Scout parent 

Sep. 27, 2017:  Scouts masters for Bronxville Cub Scout Pack 5 are now recruiting for the 2017-2018 year (May to September). To sign up, go to

Pack meetings will be held on the third Friday of each month. Den meetings will be held one weeknight each month. The location and time will be set by parent volunteers and den leaders.

If you have any questions, please email  CLOAKING .

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