Child Care Staff

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The Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center is divided into eight classrooms. Our Tarrytown building contains three Toddler classrooms, three Preschool classrooms, and two classrooms dedicated to after-school programs for children from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Staff members are assigned to each classroom in accordance with required staff member-to-child ratios, as established by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Each classroom is staffed with a teacher and enough assistant teachers to ensure that required ratios are maintained.An executive director, an assistant director, and an office manager administer the programs of the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center. The Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center has a proud history of maintaining loyal long-term staff members. We have a well-established and ongoing commitment to staff development and training. All staff members hired meet OCFS established experience and education requirements according to position level.


Staff members must attend thirty hours of training in required content areas during each two-year licensing period. Additionally, new staff members must attend fifteen hours of training in required content areas during their initial six months of employment.

Required content areas include principles of early childhood development, nutritional needs of children, child day care program development, statutes and regulations pertaining to child care, child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention, shaken-baby syndrome, statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment, safety and security procedures, and business record maintenance and management.


The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) licenses the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center to provide child care services. The main center is licensed to serve 30 toddlers, 49 preschoolers, and 37 school-aged children. Licenses are renewed every two years following a formal program review conducted by OCFS.

CurrentĀ compliance certificates from the Westchester County Board of Health and the local fire inspectors are maintained on site.

Child Care Staff

Main Program


Dodson, Yolanda Executive Director
Murray, Helen Sites Assistant Director/Teacher Toddler Class
Cortese, Christina Educational Director
Arcieri, Nicole Administrative Assistant
Duggan, Sharon Assistant Teacher
Ferreris, Bryma Assistant Teacher
Joseph, Divya Assistant Teacher
Kemp, Michelle Assistant Teacher
O’Brien Lord, Whitney Assistant Teacher
Moya, Victoria Assistant Teacher
Pisapia, Emma Teacher Toddler Class
Ridenhour, Mary Kitchen Coordinator
Rivera, Jenna Teacher 3’s Class
Rivera, Angelique Teacher After School
Shactel, Rachel Assistant Teacher
Pyatt, Gina Teacher 4’s Class

UPK Program

Cantillana, Margarita Assistant Teacher
Green, Taylor Assistant Teacher
Castaneda, Rocio Assistant Teacher
Miller, Dana Lead Teacher
Booth, Erin Teacher
Rubeis, Paul Teacher