Suzanne Rounding, director of Expressive Beginnings, talks about what sets Expressive Beginnings apart from other child care centers and shares a little more about herself:
Where are you coming to us from?
I worked at Joyful Beginnings for the last five years in Avon. Prior to that, I worked for KinderCare, the department of defense in Weisbaden, Germany, and a child care center at Fort Hood in Texas.
Can you tell a little about your family?
I have three children, Bradley, 30, Anthony, 29, and Jessica, 20. All of them have or will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. I am married to William Cartwright and we live in Geneseo. I am one of 12 children. We are a very close family and those strong family beliefs are what have drawn me to Expressive Beginnings.
Can you please tell us a little about the curriculum for Expressive Beginnings? What will separate it from other child care centers?
Expressive Beginnings will be a family based center using the Reggio Emilia approach which is an educational philosophy. The Reggio concept allows for teachers to incorporate the children’s interest into the curriculum.
Also, the center will offer continuity of care, which means children will have the same caregiver from 6 weeks of age until they are 3, and primary care so one teacher will be assigned to be the primary caregiver for a group of four children. This helps children develop secure relationships with caregivers. It also helps teachers get to know each child and his or her parents.
What can we expect of the staff?
Every classroom has at least one teacher with an associate’s degree in child development. All other staff members work toward that certification after being hired. All full-time teachers have at least two years of experience in early childhood education, and all staff members are certified in First Aid/CPR and complete 15 hours of training in areas like child development and behavior management; parent communication; and safety and security.