Kate Bennett is the Director/ Head Teacher of Lighthouse. She is a former parent. She served as an Assistant and Head Teacher since 2016. Kate received her Head Teacher certification from the State of Connecticut in 2017. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from N.H. Technical Institute as well as her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/Child Studies from E.C.S.U. In 2019 she served as the assistant Director. She has many years of working with children of all ages including childcare centers, volunteering in 4H and youth groups. In March of 2020 she received her director certification. Kate strongly believes in the Lighthouse Exploration and Learning Center educational philosophy and program.
She is married and has 3 children of her own 2 of which have attended Lighthouse. She enjoys being outside. Every year she goes backpacking with friends and family. She also enjoys nature and raising farm animals. Many of these interests can be seen expressed in the activities in the classroom. Such activities may include hatching eggs, raising butterflies, frogs and a classroom fish tank. Her love of messy projects, active and easy going personality is seen in the work that she does with children. She is involved in many areas of volunteering within the church youth programs as well as 4H.
The Early Childhood Experience
Experiences in early childhood are important steps in a child's development. We believe and value parents as the primary educators of their children. Along with you, we want to help your child discover the wondrous world we live in and encourage the Christian values you are instilling. The joy of new discoveries, represent brain development that is critical for later problem solving. We at Lighthouse attempt to stimulate imagination and creativity by providing an environment that is safe, child centered and dedicated to encouraging independent and cooperative play. We believe that preschool/kindergarten children build a foundation for lifelong learning within the context of self-directed play.
2 half days Tuesday and Thursday -
3 half days Monday, Wednesday, Friday-
5 half days - 9am-12pm
5 full days - 8am-3pm
We also provide drop in care.