Dr. Patrice Farquharson,

Executive Director

Dr. Farquharson is well known for her expertise in early care and education. She has been the Executive Director of the West Haven Child Development Center for 33 years. During her tenure she has secured several million dollars in grant revenues to support the excellent multiservice program. Dr. Farquharson is also an Assistant Professor at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut where she developed the very first degree program online in early childhood education. She has received many awards and accolades for her efforts to improve the lives of children and families. In 2001 Dr. Farquharson was named Outstanding Leader of the Year in recognition of her many contributions to the city of West Haven. Dr. Farquharson has collaborated on many clinical and research projects with her colleagues in nursing. Her areas of research focus on issues in early child development including literacy, international adoption, and effects of violence. Dr. Farquharson has presented at many interdisciplinary conferences on these topics. She was one of the first administrators to formally recognize the importance of providing quality nursing on site in her center and has had a PNP consultant for over fifteen years and most recently, through grant funding, was able to add full time nurse to the administrative team.

Additionally, in 2009, Dr. Farquharson was appointed by the Board of Higher Education Governors to the position of Dean of Faculty at Charter Oak State College, where she also teaches the online course, Psychology of Play.

Credentials: Dr. Farquharson holds the following degrees:

Nova Southeastern University, Doctorate of Education

Southern Connecticut State University - Administrative & Supervisory (092) Certificate Program

State of Connecticut Teacher Certification - Pre-K-Sixth Grade

Southern Connecticut State University - Master of Science - Early Childhood Education

University of Connecticut - Bachelor of Science - Education

Connecticut's Cooperative Teacher Certificate

Gayle van Dijk, M.Ed.

Educational Coordinator

Gayle van Dijk is the Education Coordinator at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Master's Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Early Childhood Education and is certified in Connecticut to teach Pre-K through sixth grade. She has more than thirty years experience in the early childhood field. Gayle serves on the board of the New Haven Association for the Education of Young Children. She also teaches as an adjunct for Charter Oak State College and Post University.

Lisa Baglini, BA

I/T Team Leader

Lisa Baglini is the Infant/Toddler Team Leader at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Psychology and she just received her Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to 5 Years) Certification from Charter Oak State College. Lisa has been at the Center for ten years- first she worked part-time in the infant/toddler program, then full time in the infant/toddler and pre-school programs. She has also completed fieldwork in a Kindergarten classroom. In her free time, Lisa enjoys cheerleading and zumba. During the summer, she co-teaches a cheerleading camp for children ages 5-12. Last year at the Center, Lisa helped pilot a Zumba program for staff and parents.

Patricia Beauchemin, BSN (Penny)

School Nurse

Penny Beauchemin has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and has 43 years of nursing experience. She has worked as a home care nurse, primarily with infants, children, and new mothers, for well over 20 years. She has also worked in the Stratford and Westport school systems with children from preschool through high school and in New York State with adolescents with mental health issues. For three years she also worked as an assistant teacher and on the Board of Directors for the Lordship Cooperative Preschool in Stratford, CT.

Kristina Santos, BS

Executive Assistant

Kristina Santos is the Executive Assistant at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration on Early Childhood Education from Post University. She also received her Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate from Post University. She has been at the Center since 2007. She was also an Assistant Teacher for four years before joining our staff.

Administration

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The Infant and Toddler playground improvements are underway. Everyone was so excited to see the new shed arrive!!!!