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New Director Of Child Care Named At White Plains YMCA

Elizabeth Lavine Russell
Elizabeth Lavine Russell Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Elizabeth Lavine Russell has been named child-care director at the White Plains YMCA , Executive Director Tom Hay announced.

Russell brings a wealth of child-care and pre-school experience to the Y. She will be responsible for managing the infant/toddler, pre-school, Universal Pre-K and after-school programs at the White Plains Y branch and in the Scarsdale, Rye Brook and White Plains school districts.

She is responsible for staff recruitment and training and develops all age-appropriate curriculums for children in the YMCA's care. She is the community liaison with local and state childcare licensing agencies and school districts and is our representative to the Childcare Council of Westchester. She is also in charge of vacation day camp and our summer vacation camp program in White Plains.

Russell has a bachelor's degree in sociology and English from the University of Vermont and a master of science in teaching in elementary education from Fordham University, She holds numerous certifications as a public school teacher and for teaching children with disabilities. She is SmartBoard trained and has extensive experience using the iPad as assistive technology for children. Russell lives in upper Westchester with her husband and two children.

During the school year the White Plains Y provides services for nearly 200 children a day from ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Summer day camp provides activities for approximately 125 children a day.

The YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester also operates a community branch in Somers and Camp Combe in Putnam Valley.

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