About Us

A Quality Cooperative Preschool

Our History

The Kids’ Place Preschool was founded in 1961 by local mothers who had previously organized a playgroup for their children. In 1968 the Nassau Nursery Association Inc. was established, formally making us a not-for-profit, cooperative preschool. We purchased our building at 13 Church Street soon thereafter, which has been home to The Kids' Place ever since. The board and council consist of parent volunteers, and our only paid staff are our wonderful teachers.

Our preschool is devoted to helping your child develop a positive self image through supervised educational experiences and play. The Kids' Place provides a variety of group and individual experiences for your child to gain confidence, and learn how to deal with others. Our nursery school is designed to offer your child the first-hand experience needed to expand your child's world and to build curiosity.

Our Goals

  • Provide children learning experiences by belonging, understanding, doing, and being themselves.

  • Allow each child to progress at an individual pace, in turn developing self-esteem.

  • Provide a home/school atmosphere that will lend itself to successful child development.

  • Build a foundation of basic readiness for Kindergarten.

  • Maintain an individual and personal approach, so that each child may experience understanding, respect, and mental stimulation.

  • Develop in your child, through projects. games, music and varied motor activities, an awareness of their body and it's relationship to the world around them.

  • Encourage good manners, and healthy eating habits.

Our Teachers

Our teachers possess both the professional qualifications and personal qualities to recognize each child's stage of readiness. Assistant teachers are chosen based on their understanding and ability to relate to children. They offer appropriate materials and activities to allow each child to make his or her own discoveries.

Brandi STead

Head Teacher

Our head teacher , Mrs. Brandi graduated from SUNY Potsdam, earning her Bachelors Degree in Community Health with concentrations in Child & Maternal Health and Nutrition. After having her first child, she spent some time working in the infant room at SUNY Potsdam. Her position as an infant caregiver brought about a genuine interest in child development.

After having her second, third and fourth child, she went full time Mom mode before returning to work in 2016 at Holy Spirit School.

Mrs. Brandi is grateful every day for the opportunity to work with our children. She is committed to making the classroom a safe space for our children to explore, create and GROW through daily lessons, activities and experiments. She encourages independence while providing support as the children learn to navigate the world in their first years of school.

Kayla Fallon

Assistant Teacher

Miss Kayla grew up in a large family as one of five children. Assisting her mother with siblings growing up, she developed a natural, nurturing spirit at a young age and eventually an interest in child development.

Her experience to date marks eleven years total working with children of various ages. Beyond years of experience in a daycare setting, Miss Kayla also possesses many qualifying traits that contribute to the classroom. She is attentive to the needs of our children, encourages independence and provides support as needed. She is a wonderful asset to our classroom of learning and growing children.