Infants

Our Infant classrooms are designed to support a Primary Caregiving system in which each caregiver is assigned two to three infants. This allows each baby to build a close and trusting relationship with a particular teacher. The baby knows who to go to for diapering, feeding, resting and comfort. The Primary Teacher communicates daily with the family to support each child’s sense of comfort and development in the classroom.

There are opportunities for the infants to move freely around the room and explore a variety of materials, listen to and play music, engage in story and outdoor play. Infants are encouraged to crawl while older infants are encouraged to walk, developing their gross-motor skills.

In the Infant classrooms, the teachers will work closely with parents to develop a routine that is both familiar and predictable. The infants follow their own individual biorhythms of sleeping, eating, diapering and playing. Routines at school may slightly differ than those at home. As the school year progresses and infants begin to mature, teachers will begin to prepare the children for more group-like routines.

Purple Circle offers families the following Monday through Friday programs, year round, providing four options parents can choose from to meet their unique needs:

  • 8:30am – 1:50pm
  • 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • 2:10pm – 6:00pm

There is also an early morning drop-off option available each day at 8:00am.

MEET THE TEACHERS

Ashley Cattaneo
Ashley CattaneoLead Teacher
Ashley Cattaneo is thrilled to be joining the Purple Circle community again this year as the Lead teacher in the Infant 2 class. She is currently in her eighth year of teaching in an Early Childhood environment. Her former experience includes working with children and families in first grade, infants, toddlers and most recently Pre-K. Ashley received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Intervention and Infant and Family Development from Bankstreet College of Education in 2018. She has also enjoyed facilitating parent, caregiver and teacher workshops in different areas of child development. Her favorite activity to do with young children is sing and dance to different kinds of music. Ashley’s hours are 8:30am-4:00pm.
Natasha DeJesus
Natasha DeJesusAssistant Teacher
Nathasha DeJesus is over the moon to be an Assistant Teacher in the Infant 2 class for the 2022-2023 school year. She has been working with children ages 3 months – 7 years for 10 years with experience in a center based, school and home setting alongside being a personal nanny. What started as babysitting and volunteering flourished into a passion for wanting to create a safe space to nurture children and help them grow. She went to a performing arts high school in which she was an athlete who majored in music and theater which she believes helps her with creative play with the children. Her hobbies include playing sports, baking, reading and dramatic play with children. Nathasha is also a mother to a tiny tot therefore has that experience to give a motherly touch to your child’s care without inputting her own personal judgment. Her goal is to create the best experience possible for children so that they have a happy and safe environment where they know they’ll always be welcome to be themselves. Her hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Cheryl DiCostanzo
Cheryl DiCostanzo Assistant Teacher

Cheryl DiCostanzo is extremely thrilled to be starting her second full time year at Purple Circle and delighted to be paired with the same team she’s been with in the Infant/Toddler program since the Winter of 2021. Cheryl’s education is in music and theatre and she has taught music to children over the years. She also enjoys cooking with children and often plans healthy recipes to make as part of the classroom curriculum. She started substitute teaching four years ago at various programs like The Bija Project and Union Temple in Brooklyn as well as Presbyterian and the Family Center at Bank Street, both on the Upper West Side.

 

Soon after her substitute work, she started an Assistant Teacher position at Bija in the summer of 2019 where she also prepared lunch with the children and for all of the children and staff daily. She worked in various educational capacities through Spring 2020 before beginning her Fieldwork towards her CDA in the toddler room at the Family Center at Bank Street in June 2021 while simultaneously working part time at Purple Circle as an interim auxiliary teacher.

She then was hired as a full time Assistant Teacher in the Infant / Toddler rooms when the program opened in January of 2022. She is certified as a Newborn Care Specialist. Cheryl’s hours are 8:30am – 4:00

Naima Davis
Naima DavisAssistant Teacher
Naima Davis has worked in early childhood education with children from six months to five years old. She previously worked at the Bank Street Family Center for over 20 years. During her time at the Family Center she was a paraprofessional for children with special needs. Her experience also includes nannying for a variety of families throughout the years and having two young children of her own. She is passionate for education and enjoys working with young children. Her hours are 8:30am – 2:30pm.

Purple Circle is Accepting Applications for All Age Groups for 2023/2024

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