Who We Are


Lorayne CarbonLorayne Carbon, Director

Lorayne came to the ECC from the Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla where she was the education coordinator since 1996. She was an adjunct professor of early childhood education and child development at WCC from 1994- 2003. Lorayne began teaching in 1984, and has directed programs in various settings both public and private. She is a 1984 graduate of SUNY Buffalo and received her MS Ed from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City in 1986.

"A child's natural sense of wonder thrives at the ECC. Immersed in hands-on experiences, guided by teachers who are sensitive to their ideas, strengths, and passions, they become makers of meaning, developing a deep understanding of the world. The amazing thing about the Early Childhood Center is that it encourages this deep understanding from adults as well. College students, parents, and teachers can engage fully with the ECC community, learning from the children and each other."

Jan Drucker, Consultant

B.A., Radcliffe College, Ph.D., New York University. SLC psychology faculty (1972-present). Teaches both undergraduate psychology and graduate Art of Teaching courses. Former Director of the Child Development Institute. Areas of academic focus include developmental theory, development of personality, symbolization, narrative of life experience and the professional development of preschool and elementary teachers. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, specializing in the development of normal and emotionally disturbed young children. Author and researcher on play and other symbolic processes and aspects of clinical practice.

"There are no one-way vision screens at the ECC, as there are at most lab schools. Student observers are directly involved in the life of the classroom. They get a richer experience of observation by interacting with the kids over time, and the children benefit from having more adults around, especially since the students bring their own talents – from dancing to art to cooking – to classroom activities."

Shirley DeGenova, Administrative Assistant

Lead Teachers

Milagros Harper

Robbin Hawkins

Sarah Mathews

Debra Riessen

Sonna Schupak

Susan Schwimmer

Why ECC?

“The teachers at the Early Childhood Center have deep rooted philosophical beliefs that help them celebrate the uniqueness of each individual child while also fostering a sense of community within their classrooms.”

—Bernadette Mannion, ECC Parent