Opening the Door to Fun at Teens and Tots Open House

October 25, 2018

Puppets, puzzles and pretend. Preschool aged children got a peek at all the fun awaiting them when they start attending Teens and Tots, the on-campus preschool at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

The preschool officially opens in November and runs through May. The open house is a chance for the incoming three- and four-year olds to get a feel for the classroom and meet their new “teachers,” the high school students in BOCES’ Childhood Development and Education program.
“The open house is always very exciting for our students, as they have the opportunity to meet the children who will be attending our preschool program,” said Tech Center teacher Melissa Davis.

Preschoolers and high school students gathered together around piles of colorful blocks, did puzzles and craft activities at pint-sized tables, and pretended they were customers at a child-size store.

Kelsie Gallagher of Mahopac and Julia DelFavero of Yorktown are high school juniors thinking about careers in child psychology. “I was really excited to meet the kids and their parents and get to know them a little bit,” said Kelsie.

“I enjoy working with young children because they are so much fun to be around,” said Julia.

Carmen Rivera, a parent attending the open house with a preschooler in tow, said that her older son had loved the program a few years back, and she believed her younger child would enjoy interacting with the teens, who she described as “young, enthusiastic and sociable.”

Jasmine Fleming of Cortlandt Manor brought her daughter Rosie to the open house and felt that the program would provide a “great bridge from daycare to kindergarten.”

The Childhood Development and Education class at The Tech Center teaches high school students about child development, educational theory, classroom management, and education law in addition to the experience of running the on-site Teens and Tots preschool two days a week.