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 ScaliseMrs. 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 BrownMrs. Brown, Teacher

Mrs. Brown joined CCP in 2018 and teaches the Lizard Kindergarten-readiness class. Prior to teaching at Cazenovia Community Preschool, she was a substitute teacher in the Cazenovia and Jamesville-DeWitt school districts.

Mrs. Brown earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Literacy from SUNY Cortland.

Mrs. PufferKarola 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.

Mrs. WarnerBonnie Warner, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Warner joined Cazenovia Community Preschool in 2008 and is the teaching assistant to Mrs. Brown in the Lizard Kindergarten-readiness class. She feels very lucky to be a part of CCP, and believes that she and her students learn from each other.

Mrs. Warner particularly enjoys sharing her love of nature and animals with her students.

Mrs. DoughertyCiara 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



Executive Committe

Chair:  Jaci Korver

Vice Chair:  Julie Hagan

Treasurer:  Katie Becker

Secretary:  Gretchen Etringer

Board Members

Sandra Beyel

Lorie Emlaw

Lizbeth Harvey

Breyanna Locke

Micael Nash

Melissa Neary

Nicole Maggio

Alicia McGinnis

Jenna Wright-Martin

Star Popek

Jack Sessler

Matt Skeele

Jim Youngs