MEET OUR TEAM

Jennifer LaMaina
OWNER/CEO

Originally from Manhattan and now living and raising a family in Aquebogue, Jennifer is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who graduated from Fordham University in 2011. Her resume includes working for Child Protection Services of New York City and the Family Service League, and she is currently an active member of the Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI). In 2015, Jennifer saw an opportunity to fill a niche in the community by offering top-tier Childcare with a central focus on play, learning, love, and nutrition. Jennifer is committed to ensuring that she and her staff work with parents and guardians to guarantee each one of our children have the greatest
opportunity for growth and development.

Dana Youmans
Dana Youmans
OPERATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

It brings so much joy to say that I am joining the BED family. I am looking forward to sharing my background in educational leadership with you and learning from the collective knowledge and experience of this amazing team.  My professional path has taken me from a small private college in North Carolina to working in service of children in a variety of exciting ways. I have taught in traditional classrooms, designed after school programs, worked in preschool leadership, and learned how to make learning fun as a year round camp director. I am fond of saying it has been a FUN-nominal journey. I am looking forward to meeting all of our existing and new families.

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Ashley Barton
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Ashley started with Bright and Early Discoveries as one of our head Preschool Teachers and was quickly promoted to Assistant Program Director and now Program Director. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children for over a decade.  Ashley’s love of teaching children began in high school where she participated in the Early Childhood Occupations training program (ECHO). She had the unique opportunity to teach preschoolers in this program every day for two years.  She also previously worked as a Provider and lead teacher in a Home Daycare setting for three years. Ashley loves being a part of a program where each child can explore, play, and grow in a safe nurturing environment. “We are a great big family here at Bright and Early Discoveries and Discoveries East End and I look forward to getting to know you better as we move into this new year!”

Fabiola Valcin
CURRICULUM SPECIALIST

"Miss Fabby" graduated from CUNY York College with a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences in spring of 2015 and is currently enrolled at Long Island University pursuing a masters in Childhood and Special Education. Fabiola realized she wanted to work with children through her experience as a camp counselor as well as a Kid Club Supervisor. "I have a love for reading that I share with our children. To see them mesmerized from a story we are reading together is just awesome!" Fabiola's calm and patience, combined with a bright sense of humor contributes immensely to our program.

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Jade Blennau
STEM PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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Lauren Johnson
PRE-K TEACHER
Preschool Teacher and Administrative Ass
Tyra Brame
PRESCHOOL TEACHER & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT