Will Direct Morrison Lab School in Middletown, Oversee Newburgh Kindercollege Operations

PHOTO: Nadine GirardiMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Nadine Girardi, most recently the director of the Saint Francis Hospital Learning Links Day Care Center in Poughkeepsie, has been hired by SUNY Orange to serve as executive director of the College’s Kindercollege Lab School.

With nearly 30 years of childcare and teaching experience, Girardi will direct the newly constructed Morrison Lab School, which will open this August on SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. She will also oversee the operation of the College’s new Newburgh Kindercollege facility in the Tower Building located along Broadway in the City of Newburgh. Both facilities will welcome children for the first time this August.

While directing Saint Francis’ daycare program, Girardi managed two center sites that employed 30 full- and part-time employees, along with a per-diem staff of 12. In addition to serving its children and families, the Saint Francis center was also a learning center for early childhood education students from Dutchess Community College.

Girardi earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Dutchess Community College and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/administration from Empire State College.

Prior to arriving at Saint Francis in 1998, Girardi was director of Care 4 Me Child Care Center in Beacon, N.Y., from 1995-98. She was employed by Dutchess Community College from 1987 through 1995, beginning as a toddler teacher at a newly opened satellite center in Wappingers Falls before ultimately ascending to director of day care center services on DCC’s main campus.

Kindercollege at SUNY Orange offers licensed daycare, certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, for children ranging in age from infants (2 months) through pre-school (age 5). Kinderollege services are available on a priority basis to children of students, faculty and staff of the College. As space permits, community members may also take advantage of Kindercollege programming.

The newly constructed Morrison Lab School in Middletown will also afford students enrolled in SUNY Orange’s early childhood programs a chance to enhance their own educational experience through supervised observation and interaction experiences that coincide with the College’s curriculum. Similar opportunities will exist for students at the Newburgh campus, which has been without a childcare center for the past seven years.

For more information on Kindercollege programs, or to apply for admission, contact Girardi at (845) 341-4165. Information and online registration forms can also be found at the Kindercollege web site.

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Mike Albright
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