Dr. Patrice Farquharson,

Executive Director

Dr. Patrice Farquharson is the executive director of the West Haven Child Development Center, Inc.

Dr. Farquharson is active in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), at which she has presented many scholarly papers on such topics as increasing social emotional competence in young children at risk and most recently, leadership in early childhood education.

Dr. Farquharson is also an active interdisciplinary member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) in which she is very instrumental in the child obesity special interest group. She is respected in both organizations for her expertise and leadership abilities. In 2010 she received NAPNAP’s President’s Award for her collaborative work in health and education.

Dr. Farquharson is always on the cutting edge of new ideas and innovations in education and practice. Her record of funding from so many foundations for these projects is evidence of her success in achieving her goals.

The West Haven Child Development center’s funded comprehensive program aimed toward decreasing disparities in nutritional issues and obesity prevention was recognized by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with the White House in 2012 and again in 2015, as part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative. Most recently, in 2016, the center has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a “Promising Practice,” Implementation Model Medical Home.

Dr. Farquharson is a lifelong resident of West Haven, a dedicated community leader and past recipient of the Jimmy Fund Community Service Award in West Haven. With her diverse interests and many professional networks, Dr. Farquharson provides invaluable interdisciplinary insight into the education of young for children. She most recently was chosen as the recipient of the University of CT Neag School of Education Outstanding higher education alumni faculty award for her work in higher education and the community.

Dr. Farquharson is a lifelong resident of West Haven and is committed to providing a quality, researched based early childhood experience based for the children of her city. Dr. Farquharson is currently in her 40th year at the center.

Dr. Patrice Farquharson holds the following appointments:

Associate Professor of Early childhood and Child Studies at Post University

Dean of the Core Faculty at Charteroak State College, appointed by the CT Board of Regents, where she also teaches Psychology of Play and Advanced Leadership in ECE.

Credentials: Doctorate of Education, Child Studies; Nova Southeastern University

Administrative an Supervisory (092) Certificate Program; Southern CT State University

State of Connecticut Teacher Certification; pre-k -6th grade

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education; Southern CT State University

Bachelor of Science; Education

Lisa Baglini-Gurr, BA

Education Coordinator

Lisa Baglini-Gurr is the Education Coordinator at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Psychology and her integrated Early Childhood/ Special Education, Birth-Kindergarten Certification from Charter Oak State College. She also completed course work for her directors credential. Lisa has been at the Center since 2001- 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 coaching high school cheerleading with her mother.

Michelle DellaCamera, MA. Ed, BA

Infant Toddler Coordinator

Michelle comes to the West Haven Child Development Center with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from Albertus Magnus College. She also has her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Michelle has been an Early Childhood Professor at Gateway Community College for over 20 years. Not only has she been an Owner/Director of a Daycare/Nursey, Michelle has been an Early Childhood Education Consultant for many years. Michelle has also been a Program Manager and Director of Operations at other programs and a Special Needs Coordinator. In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her dog Annie.

Patricia Beauchemin, RN, BSN, NCSN

School Nurse

Penny Beauchemin has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from College of Mount

St Joseph near Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and has 50 years of nursing experience. She has worked at WHCDC since October 2008. Prior to coming here, she worked as a home care nurse, primarily with infants, children, and new mothers, for well over 20 years. Penny had 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 was an assistant teacher and on the Board of Directors for the Lordship Cooperative Preschool in Stratford. At WHCDC, she was part of the team, that was awarded a grant by the American Academy of Pediatrics. WHCDC was one of only 16 teams throughout the country to receive the opportunity to attend training at the AAP headquarters in Chicago. The focus of the grant was to promote increased awareness of and supportive approaches to early childhood trauma and its effects on children’s brain development. She has participated in the I Am Moving, I Am Learning program and has trained and mentored staff at our own and other early childhood programs. In 2012, she went to Washington, DC to accept the first of two awards WHCDC has received from the Michelle Obama Let’s Move! Child Care program for creative strategies to limit childhood obesity.

Kristina Santos, BS

Executive Assistant

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

Chloe Smith, MSW

Social Worker

Chloe Smith, LMSW, is the social worker at the West Haven Child Development Center. She grew up in Connecticut and is a 2012 graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall. Chloe earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2016 where she was recognized as a Founder’s Scholar. While living in Manhattan, Chloe interned at an anti-bullying agency. Her writing was published by the agency as well as the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has volunteered at University Settlements and Best Buddies of New York. Chloe earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2017. While pursuing her studies, Chloe interned at an elementary school. She is versed in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing with families and children. Before joining the WHCDC team, Chloe acted as a long term substitute social worker at a local elementary school. She worked with regular education, special education, and self-contained programs. Chloe currently holds an Initial Educator Certificate, 071. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She is an accomplished artist and loves integrating art while working with children.


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2018 Project Innovation Winners!

The West Haven Child Development Center was awarded a $10,000 grant from NBC Connecticut and Telemundo as apart of their Project Innovation Program! Click to see some of our staff and students that were featured

The West Haven Child Development Center is pleased to announce, Intro to Early Childhood Education and Child Development courses will be available this Fall. Register through the West Haven Adult Education Programs web portal : https://westhavenadulted.coursestorm.com/

Please see the attachment for complete details.

Courses Offered