Cazenovia Community Preschool (CCP) was founded in 1969 and has been an integral part of the Cazenovia-area community for 50 years. It is located at 49 Burton Street, on the corner of Clark Street, in the village of Cazenovia, New York.
CCP is a not-for-profit, comprehensive preschool with a mission to provide well-rounded and nurturing learning experiences for children of Cazenovia and surrounding areas, regardless of income or ability, with the goal of supporting the full development of each child's potential. In addition to preparing our students for Kindergarten, we aim to help them develop into caring citizens of our community.
Our dedicated, experienced and highly-educated teachers are what makes CCP so special. Both Kindergarten-readiness classes have one lead teacher with a Master's degree in Education, plus one teaching assistant. Four preschool classes and one after-school enrichment program are offered every academic year. Please visit our Programs page for more information.
Cazenovia Community Preschool is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of the parents of current and former CCP students, as well as members of the community. Its role is to uphold the mission of the preschool. Meetings are usually held in the evening on the second Tuesday of each month.
Jennifer Scalise, Director
Mrs. Scalise joined the CCP family as director in 2020. For the past 10 years, Mrs. Scalise was the director and head teacher at a preschool in Chittenango where she lives with her husband and 4 children. Mrs. Scalise also taught first grade in Oneida for 3 years.
Mrs. Scalise earned a B.S. in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Grove City College and a M.S. in Literacy from SUNY Cortland.
Jennifer Brown, Teacher
Karola Puffer, Teacher
In 2018, Mrs. Puffer became the lead teacher in the Caterpillar Kindergarten-readiness class and the Honey Bee class for three-year-olds. She joined CCP in 2014, and has previously been the teaching assistant in the Caterpillar, Honey Bee, and Monkey classes. Prior to working at CCP, Mrs. Puffer was a teaching assistant working with children from infancy up to the elementary level.
Mrs. Puffer earned a M.S. in Education from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, Germany. She is amazed to see her students' enthusiasm toward learning every day, making it very rewarding to be a part of their journeys.
Bonnie Warner, Teaching Assistant
Ciara Dougherty, Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Dougherty was a substitute teacher at Cazenovia Community Preschool prior to 2018 when she became the teaching assistant to Mrs. Puffer in the Caterpillar Kindergarten-readiness class and the Honey Bee class for three-year-olds. Mrs. Dougherty previously served on the CCP board of directors while her own children were students at the school. She has eight years of prior teaching experience including teaching preschool, Kindergarten and second grade.
Mrs. Dougherty earned a B.S. in Psychology and English from SUNY Geneseo, and a Master's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Literacy from Queens College. She enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with the students at CCP.
Board of Directors
Chair: Jaci Korver
Vice Chair: Julie Hagan
Treasurer: Katie Becker
Secretary: Gretchen Etringer