Comprehensive in its approach, and innovative in its methods, our Center was founded in 1966 to address the growing needs for childcare in Westchester County.
The Center has since evolved into a multifaceted program offering a myriad of early childhood educational programs and services to families and children that reside or work in the County.
Our Center is a well-equipped facility which enables us to care for approximately 200 children annually.
The Lois Bronz Children's Center (LBCC) is committed to creating a safe and nurturing educational center in which families, teachers and staff are in partnership. We provide an environment that enables each child to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, culturally and socially. We value each and every child and strive to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.
It is my privilege to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer/President. This organization has a rich history of serving the Westchester County community since 1966 . The opportunity to provide service and leadership for this organization and to meet the needs of the community is of importance. I embrace the accomplishments and programs that has helped develop hundreds of children that this center has helped flourish in their education and beyond. My goal is to continue to carry out the mission of the center as outlined by the Board of Directors by working closely with the administration, teachers, parents while ensuring that the center is the place to bring your children for a safe, nurturing environment.
At the Lois Bronz Children’s Center, we fulfill our mission of child care by incorporating methods through creative curriculum, social emotional and Brigance screenings. The focus of the center is to enrich the quality of programs and services that we offer. Our Education philosophy is based on the Genius Child Vision where we build self-esteem by recognizing and nurturing each child’s development. For Early Childhood, our focus is to ensure each child will demonstrate competency in reading, writing, science, technology and mathematics before they get to Kindergarten. We provide continuous learning and development for the Elementary students. We have diverse learning exposures for each child through the most comprehensive program available.
Our Teaching staff plans and implements daily activities to ensure each child benefits from the program. We measure the effectiveness of their growth through Creative Curriculum checkpoints, Social Emotional Curriculum, and Brigance Screenings.
I am delighted for the opportunity to serve in this position, and to collaborate effectively with the parents, staff and teachers.
Joan Lewis Shepherd
Interim Chief Executive Officer & President
The need for organized childcare in Greenburgh, NY was clearly demonstrated when the
1960 census indicated that 55 percent of the women living in the Fairview community were
employed, and were forced to make whatever arrangements they could for their young
children. In one instance, June Castleberry, a resident in the community and a member of
Union Baptist Church was providing child care services for seventeen children ranging from
infants to nine-year olds in her home. They would become the first children to be enrolled
when Union Child Day Care Center (UCDCC) opened its doors in 1966. Reverend Charles H.
Churn, then Pastor of the Union Baptist Church on Manhattan Avenue, and an early
advocate for day care, offered the basement of his church as a site for the day care program
and Ms. Castleberry became the first staff member.
All of this was made possible by an active community committee led by Mrs. Marion
Goodman, former Chairperson of the Office of Economic Opportunity Task Force on Day
Care, in cooperation with Phyllis Shearer, former Director of the Westchester Community
Opportunity Program, and with the support of “seeding funds” from a private family
In its second year of operation, UCDCC became part of the Westchester Community
Opportunity Program, and received Federal Head Start funds to meet a major part of its
costs. In 1968, Union was incorporated under regulations of the New York State
Department of Social Welfare. Since day care centers serving infants could not be licensed,
Temporary Incorporation was granted while UCDCC participated in a pilot program
to determine the effects of group day care for infants. The positive results enabled UCDCC to
become the first center licensed for infant care in New York State.
By 1969, the Union Child Day Care Center had outgrown its church quarters. The available
space was inadequate to house the growing numbers of children needing care. This began a
discussion of plans for a new facility. The center was able to secure a loan under the New
York State Youth Facility Act to build a new center. In 1972 we welcomed the first child into
our new home, at our current location.
For many years the center struggled to pay back it's loan, so the Board of Directors, led by
Barbara Holland and the Executive Director, Rita Hulkower were approached by the
Greenburgh Town Supervisor, Anthony Veteran and Lois Bronz, then a member of the Town
Board to negotiate with the state of New York to have the Town purchase our building for
one dollar. This agreement (finalized in 1987), states that UCDCC can operate a child care
center in this building for 99 years.
In the year 2000, the Board of Directors developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan for
emphasizing our educational focus, strengthening the curriculum, expanding parenting
support services, and bolstering the Center’s administrative infrastructure and fundraising
efforts. The plan also included a name change, and in 2006, UCDCC was renamed in honor of
County Legislator, Lois Bronz.
From its inception, the center attracted and was enormously
enriched by the efforts and dedication of a great many volunteers. We chose Lois Bronz for
her many years on the Board of UCDCC; for founding and chairing the Phone-a-thon, our
major fund raiser for 25 years; and for always being a strong advocate for all children. Over
the years, despite the development of her political career and stature in the community, she
has never forgotten our center which proudly bares the name The Lois Bronz Children's