UPCC Staff

Program director

Cindi Catlin Gaskins joined the Children's Center in 1982. Cindi has a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in psychology with a concentration in child development, a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Texas San Antonio, and post-graduate coursework towards a certificate in leadership. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood Studies Department at San Antonio College and conducts training workshops at local, state and national early childhood conferences. Cindi is also the author of two books on toddler curriculum. In 2001, she received "Director of the Year" from the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children. Contact her by e-mail at childrenscenter@upcsa.org.


Teaching staff

All teachers employed by the Children's Center are selected on the basis of their education and experience in early childhood, rapport with children and ability to implement the developmentally appropriate curriculum and philosophy of the program. The lead teachers either have or are working on 2 and 4-year degrees in early childhood education or equivalent. Many of the teacher assistants have, or are working on, their degree in early childhood education.

Training

All staff members attend at least 24 hours of annual, ongoing training at local, state, and national conferences on early childhood. All staff are also certified in Pediatric First Aid and CPR.