Registration Update

Registrations received after 8/11/23 will not be processed for the first day of school. Please complete a registration to enroll and we will be in contact as soon as possible.

Our Leadership

Experts in Child Care

A Child’s Place’s unwavering commitment to providing superior early childhood education and school age enrichment begins with our instructors. Many of our teachers are degreed in early childhood education and/or elementary education and have a wealth of experience in the field. Teachers plan, supervise and implement lessons in accordance with A Child’s Place philosophy, Pennsylvania Early Childhood Learning Standards and Keystone Stars requirements. They plan developmentally appropriate activities that take into account each child’s individual skills, interests, talents and special needs.

Each location is led by a Director who is responsible for the overall operation of the school and leads a team of qualified child educators. They ensure that a superior early childhood education program is found in every classroom, serve as a resource and leader to the staff and create a professional and motivating work environment. Additionally, the Director maintains on-going communication with parents.

Our Executive Directors work closely with the Directors. They oversee all areas of our early childhood education program and school age program to ensure A Child’s Place standards, model appropriate classroom practices, conduct formal and informal observations of the teaching staff and provide overall support for Directors.

Each of our locations/school district programs has a Billing and Registration Coordinator. These individuals assist parents as they complete the registration process, oversee the tuition billing and collection process, ensure schedule changes are implemented and maintain children’s files in accordance with Department of Human Services regulations.

Other Corporate office staff, including our CEO and CFO, serve as mentors and work closely with Billing and Registration Coordinators, Directors and Executive Directors and provide oversight for all aspects of implementing A Child’s Place programs.

Our Staff


Tracie Costello

Chief Executive Officer/President
Anne Dougherty

Anne Dougherty

Chief Financial Officer/Controller

Catie Garofalo

Executive Director

Allison Barrett

Executive Director
Jennifer Olenski

Jennifer Olenski

Director, Centennial School District

Katie Wentz

Director, Downingtown Area School District

Jenna Cross

Director, Owen J Roberts and Coatesville School District
Jessica Lodise

Jessica Lodise

Co-Director, Early Learning Center, Blue Bell

Jami Noce

Co-Director, Early Learning Center, Blue Bell

Nicole Spiotta

Director, West Chester Area School District

Denise Both

Director, Early Learning Center, Devon

Melanie McGinn

Director, Ithan Montessori

Laurie Eichert

Director, Tredyffrin/Easttown School District

Kim Sampey

Dana Podgorski

Dana Podgorski

Billing and Registration Coordinator

Justine Carr

Office Assistant

Wayne Snyder

IT Consultant

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A Child’s Place Extended Care, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our company. We seek to employ individuals based on their qualifications, experience, and ability to perform the position’s responsibilities. All applicants can a fair and completed evaluation of their resume.

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