Our Staff

Meet Our Admin Staff

Erika Gilfether
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Melinda Bowman
Program Coordinator
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Kelli Franceschini
Program Coordinator
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Naomi Samuel
Executive Assistant to the Director
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Administration and Program Support


Reports to the UNOW Board of Directors and is ultimately responsible for the overall development and management of quality care provided to children and families. Overarching responsibility for our programs practice adhering to our play-based philosophy and CORE values. Serves as the appointed liaison between UNOW and Princeton University partnership. Point person for the Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing and our accreditation with The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Executive Assistant

Supports the Director and Associate Director with any administrative tasks, manages the reception area and assigned administrative duties. Serves as the face and voice of UNOW. Manages the daily flow of traffic and information. Maintains communications between UNOW and families and the public. Manages payroll and other fiscal and ordering responsibilities.

2 Program Coordinators (Infant/Toddler and Preschool)

Provides support, management and mentoring to a set of classrooms within a certain age range and wing of the building. They serve as a liaison between the teachers, administration and families.

Administrative Support (2)

Provides support to Kitchen and classroom staff as well as supports the Executive Assistant with annual and licensing tasks/deadlines

Classroom Staff

UNOW’s staff is our greatest resource. Teachers work closely together in a team teaching environment. Our professional staff complete between 12 and 20 hours of professional training each year. All staff maintain current certification in First Aid and CPR. The majority of our teachers have a degree in early childhood education, or a related field with multiple years of experience. Our staff is committed to the field of early childhood development. We are proud to be a NAEYC-accredited school since 1996.

Classroom Staffing Structure

Each classroom has a team of teachers assigned specifically to a group of children within a given age range. Teams consist of a Lead Teacher, Associate Teacher, Teaching Assistant and Support Staff (Part-time or Full time). Classroom staff arrive in shifts according to attendance, drop off and pick up times. The day begins or ends with the classroom Lead or Associate Teacher opening or closing each day.

Lead Teachers

Serve as the leader in a given classroom and work collaboratively with an Associate Teacher, Teaching Assistant and a Support Staff to provide a warm, safe and developmentally appropriate environment for a group of children within a specific age range.

Associate Teachers

Work together with the Lead Teacher in planning and implementing curriculum, assessing children’s growth and building partnerships with families of children in the classroom.

Teaching Assistants and Support Staff

Support and assist the Leads and Associate Teachers of a given classroom. Maintain a safe and organized environment and build positive relationships with the children and families assigned to a given classroom. Assist children in the daily routines and care of the day.

Floater Teachers

A full time assistant teacher position available to step in any classroom of a given wing (Infant and Toddler Wing or Preschool Wing) in the absence of a classroom staff member. Maintain the care and routine of the children and provide a familiar and consistent staff person in the absence of a teacher within a team.


Substitutes work on an on call basis and are usually assigned to a set of classrooms or age range. They step in the classroom to cover for the absence of a Teacher Assistant or Support Staff person of a classroom. They assist with the children’s daily activities and routines of the day and support the other teachers in the classroom as needed.

Center Support


Plan menus and prepare meals and snacks daily for all children infants through preschool. Generate food, supply and equipment orders. Remain up to date on children’s health and nutritional needs including food preferences and allergies.

Food Service Assistants (2)

Assist in the preparation and distribution of food to classrooms. Retrieve . dishes, wash and sanitize dishes and maintain kitchen cleanliness and safe food service on a daily basis.