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Welcome to the

3's PROGRAM

5 DAY PROGRAM FOR 3 YEAR OLDS

Our morning programs run
Monday through Friday
8:45 - 11:30

Our afternoon programs run
Monday through Friday
12:00 -2:45


 

Our 3’s classes, known as the Yellow, Green and Gold Rooms nurture children’s natural curiosities, inspiring hands-on exploration and supporting the development of essential early learning skills. Each class is tailored to meet the needs of our children, helping them to feel comfortable in their school environment. CCNS classrooms are organized so children can access the clearly labeled supplies,  which promotes independence and encourages responsibility and pride in taking care of their environment. Our students are immersed in learning opportunities that are creative and fun, using materials such as blocks, paints, beads and dramatic play items which allow them to learn about the environment and their peers through meaningful play.


Children use their imaginations as they take on pretend roles and further develop a sense of symbolic thought and mental representation. The classroom teachers function in accordance with the dynamics of the classroom, adjusting to individual and group needs. A creative and dynamic curriculum is used which is revised as children’s needs and interests change. Frequently the children self-select a particular focus, allow for an emergent curriculum which illustrates our respect for each child’s capacity to think, plan, act, work and play. The Handwriting Without Tears Program is also introduced in the the three's and continues through the fours.  Each year of this fun and exciting program is designed to be age appropriate and gently helps children develop their fine motor skills as well as their alphabetic awareness.  

Meet the

3's TEACHERS

Andra O'Brien
HEAD  TEACHER, THREES CLASS
GOLD ROOM

3’s

Andra is a lifelong resident of Westchester. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in Education from The College of New Rochelle. Andra is a certified teacher and has taught for 15 years. Before staying home to have a family and bring up her children, Andra previously taught at Midland School in Rye for 7 years.

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Myrna Kara
ASSISTANT TEACHER, THREES CLASS
GOLD ROOM

3’s

Myrna holds a BA in Language Arts and French Literature from Damascus University in Syria. Myrna joined the faculty of CCNS in 2012. She is a long time resident of Westchester who enjoys traveling, walking and golfing with her husband and four boys. Myrna is very passionate about teaching and inspiring children to love to learn.

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Erin Cassin
HEAD  TEACHER, THREES CLASS
GREEN ROOM

3’s

Erin joined CCNS in 2016 to teach in the threes program. She absolutely loves teaching this age group and finds every day to be exciting. Erin holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston College and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Fordham University, Erin previously taught third and fourth grade at The Churchill School in NYC. Erin lives in Rye and has two daughters. Her family loves  travel and taking adventures together. 

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Liz Savino
ASSISTANT  TEACHER, THREES CLASS
GREEN ROOM

3’s

Liz begins her second year at CCNS in the 3's program. Prior to coming to CCNS Liz worked in Early Childhood Education in Greenwich. Although originally from Long Island, Liz planted her roots in Rye Brook with her husband and three children. Liz relates to the feeling of children being your pride and joy and is thrilled to be in such a caring environment where she can nurture them and help them to learn and grow. During her free time, Liz enjoys arts and crafts and reading a good book on her kindle.

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Michelle Nickels
HEAD  TEACHER, THREES CLASS
YELLOW ROOM

3’s

Michelle has been working within the nursery school setting since 2001 and at CCNS since 2016. She graduated from Concordia College with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Michelle recently completed her Early Childhood Master of Education from American College. It has been a dream of hers to be a teacher ever since she was a child. She loves to work in CCNS’s nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play. Michelle's list of "favorite things" are going to museums with her son and creating art projects with him at home. She is looking forward to an amazing year in the Yellow Room.

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Loriann Mastriacovo
ASSISTANT TEACHER, THREES CLASS
YELLOW ROOM

3’s

Loriann Mastriacovo has been in the early childhood field for about 19 years. During some of that time she was given the opportunity to work with young children with special needs. Loriann has obtained an associate’s degree majoring in early childhood, and a bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology. She believes children should be empowered through being proud of themselves. Loriann also believes children should be encouraged to lead their own learning through a variety of open-ended activities, leaving room for full freedom of expression.

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Play is really the work of childhood...

— FRED ROGERS

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