Administration & Staff

UBCCC Teachers

  • The professional staff of the University at Buffalo Child Care Center promotes the physical, intellectual, communicative, social, cultural and emotional well being of each child. Our staff of lead teachers and teachers are carefully recruited and screened. All are qualified by education and experience.
  • Substitute teachers are carefully supervised additions to the staff of the center. College students often act as interns or participate because of classroom assignments. All substitute teachers, work study students and interns are screened and subject to the same NYSOCFS requirements as are permanent staff members.

Administrative Staff & Support Personnel

Click to email Elizabeth Cercone.

Elizabeth Cercone

Executive Director

Click to email Kathi James.

Kathi James


South Campus

Click to email Eric Leonberger.

Eric Leonberger

Administrative Assistant

South Campus

Click to email Cathy Smith.

Cathy Smith

Program Coordinator

Click to email Melissa Bennett.

Melissa Bennett


North Campus

Click to email Lisa Lynch.

Lisa Lynch

Administrative Assistant

North Campus

  • The Executive Director is responsible for all financial, operational, and strategic decision making.
  • The Directors of UBCCC are responsible for all aspects of the management of each center, including: children’s health and safety, staffing, program and counsel for parents. The director’s paramount responsibility at all times is the physical, emotional and psychological safety and welfare of the children enrolled in each center. In addition, the directors work with all staff members to coordinate and integrate educational activities into the full program and work together to foster an atmosphere of goodwill, open communication and teamwork.
  • The Program Coordinators work with the center Directors and all staff members to coordinate and integrate educational activities into the full program and work together to foster an atmosphere of goodwill, open communication, and teamwork. The Program Coordinator serves as “in-charge” personnel in the absence of the Director.
  • The Administrative Assistants are responsible for enrollment of the centers as well as assisting in the daily operation of UBCCC.
  • The Receptionist manages the front desk.
  • Each center has Food Service Personnel who prep daily meals, maintain the kitchen environment, order food and center health & safety supplies, and maintain the paperwork for our CACFP grant. They also plan our Breakfast, Lunch and Snack menu.

Recommended Staff-Child Ratios within Group Size

When UBCCC is in operation, an adequate number of qualified staff are always on duty to ensure the health and safety of the children. UBCCC provides staff supervision meeting the requirements of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYSOCFS) and the criteria of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Age    /     Group Size                                      6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 21
Infants (Birth to 12 months) 1:3 1:4              
Toddlers (12 to 24 months) 1:3 1:4 1:5            
2 year olds (24 to 30 months)   1:4 1:5 1:6          
2 1/2 year olds (30-36 months)     1:5 1:6 1:7        
3 year olds         1:7 1:8 1:9 1:10  
4 year olds
          1:8 1:9 1:10  
5 year olds           1:8 1:9 1:10 1:11

Smaller group sizes and lower staff – child ratios have been found to be strong predictors of compliance with indicators of quality such as positive interactions among staff and children and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Variations in group sizes and ratios are acceptable in cases where the program demonstrates a very high level of compliance with criteria for interactions, curriculum, staff qualifications, health & safety and physical environment.