Erica Case, formerly of Buffalo, became the new director of the Child Care Center at Cayuga Community College in August 2012. As she settles into the position, she said she is happy doing what she loves.
“The best part of the job is working with the children,” Case said. “And, it is equally important to establish a good relationship with their families. When that relationship is solid, any issues that arise are much more easily resolved, because the families recognize how much we care about them and their children.”
Case has spent the last 12 years in the education field in a variety of capacities. Most recently she was a fourth grade teacher in the Springville-Griffith School District. Prior to that, she had been director of the Discovery Kids Learning Center in Amherst and the Raggedy Ann and Andy Child Care Center in Buffalo, and assistant director of the Child Time Learning Centers in Williamsville and Small Miracles Child Care in Buffalo. She also spent nearly three years teaching at Buffalo area public schools at the kindergarten and second grade levels.
Case has been working on the re-accreditation process with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is a rigorous set of standards, which is considered to be a mark of excellence in child care. The College’s Child Care Center is the only such accredited center in Cayuga County. She is also responsible for maintaining compliance with NY State’s licensing requirements, Office of Child and Family Services regulations, and SUNY guidelines. As director, Case prepares and administers the Center’s budget and establishes an advisory board, which will meet monthly.
As director of the Child Care Center, one of her most important responsibilities, she said, is modeling good teaching methods to the seven teachers on the staff, as she builds relationships with them and the children. In this way, the Center will continue to maintain the high standards that the community has come to expect. Case is also responsible for supervising Early Childhood Education students when they work in the Center to gain field experience.
Case graduated from Niagara University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and childhood education, and received her Master of Science with a concentration in literacy from Medaille College.