Undermountain Child Care
Undermountain Child Care (UMCC) offers year-round, full and part-time child care 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.
Tuition and Fees
There will be two enrollment options for parents of infants through preschool age children. One that would provide full year child care for those parents who need that and a second option that would provide child care during the Berkshire School year. We recommend a child attend UMCC for a minimum of 3 days.
Full Day Care
Parents would enter into a contract for 47 weeks of care and would be required to pay for 47 weeks at the full year rate. This would allow parents to take their child out of child care for two weeks of vacation (to be determined by the parent) with no charge for those weeks.
Berkshire School Year
Parents would enter into a contract for 34 weeks of care and would be required to pay for 34 weeks at the School Year rate. This would provide child care service for children at times when Berkshire School is in session (faculty work schedule), but not over school holidays such as Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Parents electing this option would be accepting a specific schedule which would be designated on their contract.
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, Infant 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 Candee, Team Teacher, Infant Room
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler, 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, Toddler Room
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler, 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, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Director
Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler, 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.
Nancy Soudant, Team Teacher, Toddler room
Certifications: Teacher Infant/Toddler
Prior to October 2007 when Nancy joined the Undermountain Child Care teaching team, she worked at Frames on Wheels for 12 years and for Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy and Exercise. Nancy found this to be a rewarding experience working with children of all ages in this capacity. Nancy has her Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Berkshire Community College and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Mount Holyoke College.
Darlene Murphy, Team Teacher, Infant Room Certifications: Lead Teacher Preschool, Teacher Infant/Toddler
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.
Amanda Terzigni, Teaching assistant
Certifications; Teacher Infant/Toddler, Teacher PS
Amanda Terzigni joined the staff of UMMC in July of 2015 as a teacher's assistant. She fills in when teachers are out and is a floater in all of the classrooms. Prior to this, Amanda was an assistant preschool teacher at Norman Rockwell center, bringing with her over five years experience. Amanda is pursuing her bachelors degree in early education, with an associates in special needs.
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, Teaching Assistant
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.