Meet Our Team!

Clarence Center Preschool, Inc., which is located in the suburbs of Buffalo, New York, is our family owned and operated childcare. The building at 5990 Goodrich Road has been in the Van Kuren family for over 40 years!  

We have 5 children of our own and 9 grandchildren, who we love very much and have raised around our center. Being a part of the community is very important to us and we participate as members of the Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Meet In The Center Association and Child Care Resource Network. We feel so lucky to have celebrated 25 years of business in 2017 and are looking forward to the next 25! 

We understand that choosing a quality child care provider is a very important decision for your family and we hope that you will consider our center for your child care needs and become a part of our ever-growing CC Preschool family!

- Jean and Dale Van Kuren

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Jean + Dale + Bailey

Titles: Owners & Director/Mister-Fix-It/Mascot

Jean's Favorite Book: The Swan Song 

Best Vacation Spot: Our cottage at the French River in Ontario

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Family, Dancing, Laughter 

Favorite Part of the School Year: Graduation day; seeing how much the children have grown!

What Inspires You? Surrounding myself with positive and fun people.

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Andrea

Title: Director of Curriculum/UPK Head Teacher

Education: Bachelors in Early Childhood & Childhood Education; Masters in Curriculum & Instruction

Favorite Book: Harry Potter and Hunger Games

Best Vacation Spot: Disney, of course!

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Family, Pictures, Food

Favorite Part of the School Year: I love national book week and Christmas time.

What Inspires You? A lot of things inspire me, but my family inspires me the most.

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Leann

Title: Assistant UPK + Head School Age Teacher

Education: Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Favorite Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Best Vacation Spot: Disney

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Family, Friends,Fun

Favorite Part of the School Year: Christmastime when we put on a huge performance for our families!

What Inspires You: My two beautiful children

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Julie

Title: Head Teacher Pre-K 3's

Education: Bachelors in English; Masters in Elementary Education

Favorite Book: Bridge to Terabithia 

Best Vacation Spot: Allegheny State Park

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Family, Books, Chocolate

Favorite Part of the School Year: The middle (January) because things start to click for my kiddos.

What Inspires You? All the great teachers out there sharing the love of teaching and the families I get to work with.

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Natalie

Title: Teacher Assistant Pre-K 3's

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games

Best Vacation Spot: Mexico

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Animals, Food, Family

Favorite Part of the School Year: Christmas time

What Inspires You? My mother!

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Kayla

Title: Head Teacher Young Toddlers

Education: Associates in Early Childhood Education

Favorite Book: Beauty and the Beast

Best Vacation Spot: Las Vegas

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Daughter, Coffee, Sleep

Favorite Part of the School Year: St. Patrick's day!

What Inspires You? My 4 year old daughter, Annmarie.

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Lisa

Title: Young Toddler's Aide

Favorite Book: The Froggy Series 

Best Vacation Spot: Smuggler's Notch, VT

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Children, Tea, Music

Favorite Part of the School Year: Christmas

What Inspires You? Seeing my children do what they love and giving 100% in all that they do.

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Caitlyn

Title: Young Toddler's Aide

Favorite Book: The Fault in our Stars

Best Vacation Spot: Ocean City, NJ

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Dog, Friends, Family

Favorite Part of the School Year: Singing Christmas songs and drinking hot chocolate is always fun!

What Inspires You? My parents. They work nothing short of their best and still put their children's happiness first.

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Denise

Title: Teacher Aide (all classrooms)

Favorite Book: Inspirational books

Best Vacation Spot: Aruba

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Faith, Family, Friends

Favorite Part of the School Year: The holidays!

What Inspires You? Going to church 

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Jenna

Title: Substitute Aide (all classrooms)

Favorite Book: The Notebook

Best Vacation Spot: New York City

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Family, Boyfriend, Friends (and coffee!)

Favorite Part of the School Year: The holiday season

What Inspires You? The career and family I have planned out for myself in the future!