Lorayne Carbon, M.S.Ed. of New Rochelle, has been appointed director of Sarah Lawrence College’s Early Childhood Center (ECC), a school for young children and a placement center for Sarah Lawrence students interested in child development and teaching. Carbon comes to the ECC from the Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla where she was education coordinator since 1996. She has also been an adjunct professor of early childhood education and child development at Westchester Community College. For the last 19 years Carbon has been an early childhood teacher and center director. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and received her master’s degree from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
The former director of the ECC, Sara Wilford, who has now ended a 21 year tenure as head of the Center and who continues to direct the College's graduate education program, the Art of Teaching, said of her successor: “The Early Childhood Center and the College are very fortunate to have a new director with the experience, professionalism, and warmth that Lorayne Carbon embodies. Her background, her leadership and her interest in families of all backgrounds make her an ideal choice."
Established in 1937 as a setting for research and observation of normal child development, the Early Childhood Center was originally known as the Sarah Lawrence Nursery School. It has benefited from a close association with the Art of Teaching and Child Development graduate programs, as well as with the Child Development Institute, an enrichment and communication forum for educators and child development professionals.