Children served, services, & orientation

The Pilgrim Child Care & Preschool serves all children ranging in age from two months through five years. During the summer children, ages five through nine years attend when space is available. The teacher/child ratio for infants and toddlers is 1:3 and 1:4 and in Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten 1:10. All staff are qualified EEC Teachers as a minimum credential.


The facility accommodates infant and toddler, Preschool and Pre-K programs, and when enrollment is needed, a Kindergarten is offered. The staff consists of a director, lead teachers in charge of each group, teachers and assistants. The Pilgrim Child Care & Preschool consults via telephone with a health care professional who approves policies and decisions regarding health. The Pilgrim Child Care & Preschool employs maintenance staff person who cleans and repair the Center facility and equipment regularly and a bookkeeper to conduct fiscal affairs. The facility does not permit smoking, firearms, or any significant hazards that pose risk to children and adults.

Organizational information

The Pilgrim Child Care & Preschool’s full time Director, Michelle (Manganaro) Kelly, possesses a Masters of Education and a doctoral degree in Management and organizational leadership. Under the Director, 9 Lead Teacher(s), are assigned to classrooms according to the staff ratio requirements. Under the Lead Teacher(s), the Director designates, as necessary, Teacher(s), meeting infant/toddler and/or preschool qualifications, according to staff ratio requirements. Lines of authority, observations and supervision of every faculty member are ongoing and annual improvement goals and measures follow. The PCCP upholds a State license for ages two months – seven years and a school age license for up to age nine. The Center accepts applications from all families regardless of one’s race, religion, cultural heritage, political belief, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. The Center does not use ‘toilet training’ status as a criterion of admission. Faculty are trained in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC’s) Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment including but not limited to appreciating childhood as a uniquely valuable stage of human development.

Program goals

  1. Foster self-esteem in each child.
  2. Ensure that each child takes pride in his or her accomplishments.
  3. Teach respect for others and the environment.
  4. Develop a sense of independence in each child.
  5. Provide a happy and safe environment for each child.
  6. Foster cooperation.

Curriculum & assessment

Each classroom, including infant/toddler programs, has a planned daily schedule, which has events such as welcoming arriving children and family, and times dedicated to activities (such as art, snack, counting, dramatic play, building, exercise, and music are offered). All areas of learning development are ongoing and extend into activities throughout the day. Activities are offered at least periodically and typically ongoing throughout each day. The classrooms are child-centered. Activities expose children to ways to develop their cognitive, gross and fine motor, emotional, psycho-social, behavioral, social, and socio-cultural awareness. A published, written curriculum supports the deployment of weekly activities. Curriculum goals and objectives guide teacher’s ongoing assessment of child progress.