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

IMG_8224.JPG

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.

IMG_8163.JPG

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.

IMG_8180.JPG

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

IMG_8201.JPG

Natalie

Title: Teacher Assistant UPK Class

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!

IMG_8193.JPG

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.

fullsizeoutput_44fb.jpg

Kelly

Title: Assistant Teacher Pre-K 3’s

Favorite Book: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

Best Vacation Spot: Old St. Augustine, FL

3 Things You Can't Live Without: My Family, Pets and Custard Donuts

Favorite Part of the School Year: Watching the children learn and grow

What Inspires You? My parents!

IMG_9944.jpg

Kristen

Title: Young Toddler's Teacher

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree and its lesson for life

Best Vacation Spot: San Franciso, CA

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Coffee, Music and Family

Favorite Part of the School Year: The holidays and celebrating all of the special traditions with the children and families

What Inspires You? My kids following their dreams and people who can dance (because I can’t!)

Lisa.JPG

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.

 
IMG_9948.jpg

Lindsay

Title: Young Toddler's Aide

Favorite Book: Tuesday’s With Morrie

Best Vacation Spot: Colorado in the fall

3 Things You Can't Live Without: Double Stuffed Oreos, Music and Family

Favorite Part of the School Year: The Spring!

What Inspires You? My daughter

IMG_9946.jpg

Audrey

Title: Afternoon Aide

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Best Vacation Spot: Hawaii

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

Favorite Part of the School Year: The Springtime!

What Inspires You? My mom