Sign outside front of Children's Center

About Us

Overview

Founded in 1971, The Children’s Center of the Upper Valley provides high quality childcare for working families in the Upper Valley. We care for children from six weeks of age until kindergarten from 6:30am-6pm Monday through Friday in a health promoting, educationally stimulating and safe environment. CCUV focuses on the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, behavioral and physical development of the children in our care. We provide all our children with nutritious meals – breakfast, lunch, and snacks – everyday. We are staffed with well trained, caring childcare professionals, many of whom have been with CCUV for 10+ years.  CCUV is fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors composed of seasoned professionals with a wide range of expertise.

We are licensed to serve 95 children in our facility in Lebanon, NH. We have five classrooms, each with age appropriate toys and equipment, and almost three acres of playgrounds with a wide variety of equipment including swings, play structures, a pirate ship, and an asphalt track with tricycles. Weather permitting, children play outdoors every day. 

CCUV tuition is based on an income sensitive sliding fee scale. Many of our working families qualify for childcare subsidies from the states of Vermont and New Hampshire and we accept these subsidies to help families meet their tuition payments.  CCUV’s families represent significant socioeconomic as well as racial and cultural diversity. By offering our income sensitive tuition, CCUV is giving our families any potential margin we could earn. As a result, we are dependent on grant funding in order to balance our operating budget.

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Mission

The mission of the Children’s Center of the Upper Valley is to support parents and serve our community by providing quality child care in a secure, healthy environment which promotes growth and learning in all areas of child development.

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Vision

Our vision is seeing a community that thrives when its families’ needs are met, and when children develop a lifelong love of learning, fostered by their earliest teachers. We look to continue to grow and serve the Upper Valley region to meet the child care needs of working families. We value children, families and teachers. We provide for their mutual success with a focus on education, care, connections and community.

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Our Teachers

Angela
Angela Bernardini
Tiny Turtles
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since August 2014

Crista
Crista Pringle
Tiny Turtles
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since July 2015

Chloe Benson
Tiny Turtles
Assistant Teacher

Team Member Since September 2022

Ashley
Ashley Sabens
Panda Bear
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since March 2021

Amy
Amy Paulette
Panda Bear
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since April 2019

Cole Mckinnon
Panda Bear
Associate Teacher

Team Member Since November 2022

Lizzy Klungler
Grizzly Bear
Assistant Teacher

Team Member Since April 2022

Mariah
MariaH TherrieN
Grizzly Bear
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since June 2001

Stephanie
Stefanie Daigle
Lady Bugs
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since December 2016

Becka Huntoon
Lady Bugs
Associate Teacher

Team Member Since September 2022

Misty
Misty Pringle
Sprouts
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since February 2005

Chelsea
Chelsea Flanagan
Sprouts
Lead Teacher

Team Member Since January 2021

Lindsi Carrier
Sprouts
Assistant Teacher

Team Member Since April 2022

Support Staff

Danielle
Danielle Burroughs
Support Staff
CACFP Coordinator

Team Member Since October 2006

Kate Sheldrick
Preschool Support Staff

Team Member Since January 2017

Stacey
Stacey Tibbetts
Preschool Support Staff

Team Member Since June 2021

Joy Conley
Support Staff

Team Member Since February 2022

Kai
Kai Golding
Support Staff

Team Member Since February 2022

Eden Boardman
Support Staff

Team Member Since April 2022

Culinary Staff

Kerri-Ann Brockway
Cook

Team Member Since August 2011

Administration

Jenn Hosmer, Executive Director
Jennifer Hosmer
Executive Director

Team Member Since August 2002

Lianne Heismer, Program Director
Lianne Heiser
Program Director

Team Member Since June 2001