Early Childhood Staff Bios
Barbara Stone Reden
Director of Early Childhood Services
Barbara has a Masters Degree in Education and New York State Teacher Certification. In addition to 16 years at the JCC’s Holland Family Building, Barbara has experience as a classroom teacher in public and private schools (nursery school through 6th grade), Camp Director, and Early Childhood Director at the JCC’s Benderson Family Building. Under Barbara’s leadership, the Early Childhood Center at the Holland Family Building has established a stellar reputation in the community for providing the highest quality of Early Care and Education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Barbara believes that young children thrive in a nurturing and enriched environment which challenges them. This combination encourages the children to become life-long learners. Barbara is on the board of Western New York AEYC, and actively involved in Quality Stars NY and the local Infant Toddler Leadership Circle.
Early Childhood Director at the Benderson Family Building
Stephanie graduated from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty in special education. She now holds a New York State Certification in the field. Her career began teaching in both general and special education classrooms. She then dedicated herself to running an early childhood program on the Upper East Side while living in NYC. After a move to New Jersey, Stephanie ran the Early Childhood department at a Nursery-12th grade independent school. Being committed to making a difference in the lives of children, she immersed herself in various committees in NYC and New Jersey to help improve the quality of teaching both in public and private school settings. She provided trainings to educators on various early childhood topics ranging from implementing art in the classroom to improving classroom management skills. With her move back to WNY last year, Stephanie has been an Assistant Director in the JCC’s Early Childhood Department at our Buffalo location.