MEET OUR TEAM

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Ashley Barton
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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.

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!”

Jennifer LaMaina
OWNER/CEO
Ruthelen Guillaume
PROVIDER/DIRECTOR
Karyn Cooper
COO/UPK COORDINATOR
Aliyah Holzhauser
OPERATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Chavonne Shaw
ADMINISTRATOR
Yanina Tineo
DIRECTOR - EXPLORERS