Staff

Canton Day Care Center is led by Executive Director Nancy J. Addison, who joined the staff in 2008. Each classroom is managed by a lead teacher and an assistant. Lead teachers must have an associate’s degree in early childhood education, with one year of specific training or experience in infant or toddler care. Assistants must have a high school diploma, with two years of direct experience working with children under 13 years of age.

Staff members are hired in accordance with regulations set by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. They must be mature, of good character, and possess suitable personal qualifications. Staff must be in good physical and mental health and have the energy and emotional stability necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions.

All staff, including the Executive Director, are required to get thirty hours of training every licensing period in the following areas:

  • Business Record Maintenance Management
  • Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention
  • Child Daycare Program Development
  • Identification, Diagnosis & Prevention of Shaken Baby
  • Nutrition & Health Needs of Children
  • Principles of Childhood Development
  • Safety & Security Procedures
  • Statues and Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse
  • Statue and Regulations Pertaining to Child Care
  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Foundations in Health and Safety

Our Staff

Nancy J. Addison has been the Executive Director of Canton Day Care Center since 2008. She is a lifelong member of the community and has many years of experience working in with children. Prior to her employment at CDCC, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Potsdam, and worked as both a preschool and school age teacher and a licensed home daycare provider for several years. Additionally, she was employed at BOCES as the family educator and was the director for both daycare centers within the facility. Nancy started working for CDCC at the Commerce Lane location, and believes the growth in the facility and its services is a reflection of the benefit to the community this Center provides. She is proud of the safe, secure, and learning-enriched environment of CDCC, and realizes that there is nothing more valuable than a parent’s peace of mind.

Gina O’Shea is Assistant Director of Canton Day Care Center and has worked at CDCC since 2004. Previous to her current position, she was lead teacher in our toddler 2 room. She earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education, and has used her knowledge and experience throughout her work in all rooms of the Center. One of her favorite parts of her job is, “watching the children get excited when they accomplish something new.”

Infant (6 weeks – 12 months)

Sarah Flanagan is the lead teacher in our Infant room. She has worked at CDCC since January 2015, after having four years of previous daycare experience. She is a certified Child Development Associate (CDA) for the infant-toddler age group and is trained in first-aid, CPR, and medication administration (MAT). She loves watching the children grow and become more independent!

Bailey Hurlbut is the assistant teacher in our Infant room.

Tweeny (12-18 months)

Jessica Rodriguez is the lead teacher in our Tweeny room. She has worked in childcare since 2012, and has been employed at CDCC since January 2014. Before entering the childcare field she earned an associates degree in math and science with an early childhood component. She is CPR and first aid certified, and is a certified Child Development Associate (CDA). When talking about working for CDCC she said, “I love working here and getting to see the children grow. All of the love they have makes my day amazing.”

Tiffany Fredericks started working at CDCC as the assistant teacher in our Tweeny room in 2018 after graduating from SUNY Canton with an associate’s degree in nursing. She is CPR and first aid certified, and has been surrounded by kids her entire life. She enjoys her work at CDCC because she loves helping and being around children, and enjoys the friendly and creative atmosphere the Center provides.

Toddler 1 (18-24 months)

Amber Daniels is the lead teacher in our Toddler 1 room, and has an associate’s degree from SUNY Canton in early childhood education from birth through second grade. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from birth through sixth grade, and became a literacy specialist after earning her masters degree from SUNY Potsdam. Amber has been a teacher at CDCC for the past six years, and was the lead infant room teacher for five of those years. In August 2018 when the new Toddler 1 room opened, she became the lead teacher and loves preparing more in depth and hands on learning lessons with the kids. One of these is activities is bringing the toddlers to United Helpers on Monday and Friday to participate in Reading with Rita. Amber has always wanted to work with children, and strives to be a teacher in the public school system.

Mackenzee Todd is the assistant teacher in our Toddler 1 room.

Toddler 2 (24-36 months)

Wendy Flanagan is the lead teacher in our Toddler 2 room, and has been working working at the Center since December 2016. Prior to her current position, she was the assistant teacher in the Toddler room. She has a BOCES certificate in early childhood education, and is currently working towards becoming a certified Child Development Associate (CDA). When working with the children at CDCC she, “enjoys giving the children new and exciting challenges and watching them succeed.”

Cortney Loeffler is the assistant teacher in our Toddler 2 room.

Preschool (3-4 years)

Tracy Moulton is the lead teacher in our Preschool room. She has been a daycare provider for thirteen years, and began working at CDCC in 2015.  Tracy started as an assistant in the infant room, and became the assistant in the preschool room that same year. She became the lead teacher in the Fall of 2017 and says, “I enjoy working with children as it is a new adventure everyday.”

Tammy Scott is the assistant teacher in our Preschool room.

School Age Program (5-12 years)

Sara Harrison is the lead teacher for our School Age Program.

David Alder is the assistant teacher for our School Age Program.