Undermountain Child Care
Undermountain Child Care (UMCC) offers full and part time child care for 38 weeks, for children ages eight weeks through five years old, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Undermountain Child Care’s mission is to provide excellent quality early care and education to the children of the families we serve. UMCC offers a warm, safe, and nurturing home-like environment that encourages independence and self-respect, as well as sensitivity to and awareness of others. Program goals and curriculum have been developed to promote the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of each child. The goals and curriculum have been developed based on our philosophy that each child is a unique individual with a variety of interests, needs, and abilities. Through daily activities infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children will be provided with extensive opportunities to explore their surroundings and to grow and develop to their maximum individual potential at their own rate.
The curriculum is implemented in a manner that reflects responsiveness to family home values, beliefs, and experiences. UMCC’s curriculum goals guide teachers’ ongoing assessment of children’s progress that supports individualized learning, and guides the development of a daily schedule that is predictable yet flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the children. The schedule provides time and support to transitions, includes both indoor and outdoor experiences, and is responsive to a child’s need to rest or to be active.
The infant/toddler classrooms serve children 8 weeks to 2 years, 9 months of age. A staff-to-child ratio of 1:3 for infants and 1:4 for toddlers is maintained, with a maximum of 9 children in the classroom per session.
Tammy Wysocki, Director
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler, Lead Teacher Preschool, Director I and II
Tammy started working at Undermountain Child Care Center in July 2005 as the Preschool Teacher until October 2011 when she became the director. Prior to this, she taught first grade at Berkshire Country Day School in Lenox, MA. Before moving to the Berkshires in 2002, she lived in Concord, NH where she taught Kindergarten, first and second grade at Shaker Road School. Tammy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education in 1991 from Colby-Sawyer College. Tammy is a teaching director and is an active member of the center, teaching and assisting in the classrooms.
Denise Gaynor, Team Teacher, Young Toddler Room
Certifications: Lead Infant/Toddler
Denise Gaynor joined the infant room at Undermountain Child Care in October of 2010. Before joining our staff, Denise was employed at Housatonic Child Care center for 16 years. She worked in the infant room and also served as co-director for a few months. Denise is lead teacher certified and holds a CDA. She lives in Lakeville, CT where she grew up and went to Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Denise has completed several classes at Western CT State College and is currently pursuing an Associate degree.
Charmaine Riva, Team Teacher, Preschool Room
Certifications: Lead Infant/Toddler, Lead Preschool , Director I and II
Prior to coming to Undermountain Child Care Center in October of 2011, Charmaine Riva was head teacher of the preschool program and supervisor of the before and after school program at the Winsted YMCA. Charmaine worked at Housatonic Child Care Center for 3 years, directed Canaan Child Care for 7 years as well as ran and operated her own home child care for numerous years. Charmaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and a M.A. in Education from Saint Joseph College, as well as a K-6 CT teaching certificate.
Sarah Gillooly, Team Teacher, Infant Room
Certifications: Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher, Teacher Preschool
Prior to coming to Undermountain Child Care Center in January 2012, Sarah was the lead early pre-k teacher at Bear Care in Great Barrington, MA for 8 ½ years. Sarah has worked with children for a number of years. She has an Associate degree in English and Psychology from Berkshire Community College and a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Darlene Fulco,Team Teacher, Infant room
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Team Teacher Infant Room, Director I and II
Darlene, also known as Dar, has been working at Undermountain for 7 ½ years. Before coming to Undermountain Child Care, Dar worked for many years as a food service manager at Berkshire School and other places. She also has several years of experience working in other child care centers and has loved working and interacting with children for as long as she can remember. Darlene has completed many courses in early childhood education and is currently pursuing an Associate degree.
Laura Kraft, Team Teacher, Preschool Room, Assistant Director
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Team Teacher Preschool Room, Director I and II
Laura joined the Undermountain Child Care teaching team in the fall of 2006. Laura has taught in the preschool classroom since 2006 and in June 2012 began working as the assistant director. Prior to this, she was the owner and teacher at The North Hillsdale Preschool from 2000-2006. Laura was the assistant teacher at The Little School in Hillsdale, NY from 1991-1999. She has her Associate degree in Science/Civil Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College and her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood education from SUNY- Empire State College.
Darlene Murphy, Team Teacher Young Toddler Room
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Team Teacher Young Toddlers
Darlene Murphy joined the Preschool room at Undermountain Child Care in December 2012. Prior to joining our staff, Darlene worked as the head preschool teacher at Beginning Years Children’s Center in Sharon, CT for 14 years. Darlene is lead teacher certified and holds a CDA.
Bethany Martin, Team Teacher in the Toddler Room (2-3)
Certifications; Lead teacher Infant/Toddler, Lead teacher PS, Director I and II
Prior to beginning her work here in June 2015, Bethany worked as Director of Sunshine Preschool at Berkshire South Regional Community Center for 2 1/2 years. She worked as the lead preschool teacher for 2 1/2 years before becoming the director. Her career at Berkshire South started by leading a toddler play group Kids Club for 2 years. She holds an associates degree in liberal arts from Berkshire Community College and has a Bachelors degree in Early childhood education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.
Tristin Pearson, Team Teacher in Older Toddler Room (2-3)
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler
Tristin joined the Undermountain Child Care team in July of 2015. Prior to this, Tristin worked as the lead teacher in toddler classrooms at the Clark Street Child Care Center in Westerly, RI for two years, and the Little Green Treehouse in Chicago, IL for two years. Tristin holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Mary started working at UMCC in April of 2016 as a sub and joined our staff in the fall of 2016 as a part time floater. Prior to this, she worked as a one on one aide in the Taconic Hills School district for over 20 years. Mary has completed many classes and attended behavior management trainings.