Our Staff

The Center is a department under the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs. The ERCCD Board of Directors establishes policies and operational guidelines. The Board includes representatives from a variety of University departments, parents and staff members. The Center Director provides on-site operation and management.


Cynthia Watson
Master’s Degree, Curriculum & Instruction/Primary Education
B.A. Early Childhood/Elementary Education
28 years experience
DCF Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential with VPK endorsement

Program Manager:

Regena Bates
Coordinates the registration and enrollment process and administrative operations
Specialized training
15 years experience

Assistant Director:

Kaley DeVito
B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Teaching and Learning
3 years experience

Lead Teachers:

Professional and dedicated individuals with various educational degrees and early childhood specialty certificates.

Younger Toddlers: Saira Carr
Older Toddlers: Diana Ritzie
Toddler - Twos: Claudia Moncada
PS 1: Christy Turner
PS II/VPK: Laura Buckstein
VPK: Kaley DeVito

Support Staff

Teacher assistants and student employee aids have achieved or working toward the Department of Children and Families 45 hours Certification.

All ERCCD staff are required annual in-service training and have the DCF Level 2 background screening prior to employment.