Landry Early Childhood Center

Leo Lions Preschool Program

Program Overview
The LECC's Preschool Program tends to the care and development of children three-to-four years old. Two-, three-, and five-day schedules are offered to accommodate parents' schedules. Childcare is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The classroom provides children with a safe, nurturing, child-centered space; children also enjoy playtime and exploration in the Rotunda, the heart of the Center, and a large outdoor playground and nature area, the Enchanted Forest. Along with the physical benefits of outdoor play, the children have the opportunity to engage in social interactions with peers.

Children enjoy many engaging classroom activities, including fundamentals from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) approach of hands-on learning and a year-round music enrichment program.

LECC_PreschoolCurriculum & Accreditation
The Landry Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum respects individual learning styles and promotes growth in all areas of development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.

Meeting these standards provides a curriculum of carefully balanced, developmentally appropriate practices for strong skills building. Skills development focuses on early math and science skills: patterns, number concepts, sorting and classifying objects based on certain characteristics, measuring, observation and problem-solving, theorizing, predicting, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships. Language arts encourage children to communicate ideas and to enrich language development and communication.

In addition to specially designed, age-appropriate classrooms, the Center offers:

The Rotunda, a large multipurpose room, provides space for community-based activity and learning.

The teacher-designed George Reynik Memorial Playground engages children in outdoor play and the development of motor skills.

The Enchanted Forest functions as an outdoor classroom. Adjacent to the playground, this space includes climbing walls and logs, bird houses and feeders, musical boards, and vegetable and butterfly gardens.

Observation rooms are available with one-way mirrors for unobtrusive observation by parents, students, therapists and staff members as part of Rivier University’s learning environment.

A full-time, on-site registered nurse provides health assessment and care for children. The nurse consults with families and also develops health and safety programs for the children.

Family Communication
Preschool teachers and staff keep in contact with families through Daily Connect, family bulletin boards, and a monthly newsletter. Daily Connect is an application that enables two-way communication between parents and LECC staff throughout the day via computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Each classroom features a family bulletin board with information on classroom and Center events, and a monthly newsletter describing each month’s learning goals, activities, and a list of books and songs that will be introduced to the children. Additionally, the Center Director regularly sends information and updates to parents via email.

Teaching Team and Student Interns

Lead/Mentor Teacher
Shawna Howard
B.A. in Early Childhood Education/Human Development/Special Education
Mrs. Howard  has been a part of the LECC since 2006 when she was a Rivier student completing her practicum and field experiences. officially joined the LECC in 2007 as the Lead Teacher for the Lions’ classroom. In 2007, she became the Lead Teacher for the Lions Pre-Kindergarten classroom.  

Associate Teacher
Sarah Morse
M.Ed. in General Special Education, Graduate Certificate in Behavior Autism, B.S. in Business Management
Prior to joining the LECC in 2015, Mrs. Morse was a behavioral therapist, helping children who are on the spectrum with life skills. She also worked in the public school system as a teacher and as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom.

Rivier University Education Students
Under the supervision of Lead and Associate teachers, students from the Rivier University Education Department observe and work with LECC children as part of their coursework. During the semester, students may have opportunities to develop and implement activities and participate in scheduled Center activities.

Register Today: For enrollment and registration information, please contact us. To speak with Center Director Nancy Pynchon, call (603) 897-8240 or email