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Caring For Kids is What We Love

At The Learning Garden West we realize how important it is to you to feel that you have made the right decision for the care and early education of your children. Children will never develop throughout their lives, as quickly as they do, between birth and and age 5. Making the best decision for their safety, well being, guidance, nutrition and early education is a thoughtful and challenging process. We are here to provide a safe environment, help build a sense of security in your children, provide child friendly meals and snacks that introduce a variety of new tastes, set consistent limits which allow children to feel secure and provide challenging educational opportunities that foster lifelong learners.

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Lynne Sutton

Lynne Sutton, owner and founder of Kids Korner Children’s Center began the Center in Lancaster, NY in 1983. Motivated by a passion for the health and well being of all children, Lynne built Kids Korner into a thriving state-of-the-art early childhood program which consistently meets the needs of the whole child. In addition to the work she does here in the Buffalo area she has seized opportunities to extend her work with children and adolescence in Cambodia, Africa and India. Lynne holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Buffalo.


Laura Nyaronga

Laura Nyaronga, our Director, brings a passion for child-centered learning to the field of early childhood education at Kids Korner. This is evident in her curriculum which builds on the natural curiosity of children. Through creating “yes” environments which are child friendly and assembling a professional staff who guide children through the learning process, we enjoy a reputation for our students being “kindergarten ready.” Laura earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Iowa State University in 2003. She has worked with students from Preschool to High School. Her education and experience in working with children of all ages and abilities, makes her an invaluable asset to our children, families and staff.


Infant Care

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Miss Patty is very excited to be the lead teacher in our newborn nursery, which we call “The Nest”. Prior to joining Kids Korner, Patty spent two years working exclusively with infants, including the last year and a half as lead teacher in the youngest infant classroom. Patty’s experience also includes working with children from the ages of six weeks to four years of age. She is both a compassionate and loving caregiver and the infants clearly respond to her nurturing ways. Patty graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in Education is a mom of three children.

Miss Justine is Lead Teacher of our Buffalo Babies who are 10 to 18 months. She is quite creative and enjoys developing sensory experiences that pique the interest of some of our youngest learners. She has four years experience working with infants and has taught dance and yoga at Kids Korner as well as in other early childhood settings. Miss Justine earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo in Performing Arts and has taught competitive dance regionally for more than ten years.

Miss Nicole, Lead Teacher of our youngest toddler class, was named Rookie of the Year in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Ed. from Daemon College. After joining the Kids Korner she realized her real joy for teaching was redefined and she is now pursuing her Master’s Degree from Buffalo State College in Early Childhood. Education. She plans lots of hands on activities that allow children to discover the world at their own pace.


Toddler Care

Miss Amy, voted among her peers as Teacher of the Year in 2014 is no newcomer to the world of Toddlers. She brings 15 years of experience to our Toddler program. She over sees her own class, the Lucky Ducks, as well as our older toddlers, the Wise Owls. She earned her Child Development Credential which is nationally recognized, through the Childcare Resource Network in Buffalo. She is always prepared for whatever our toddlers send her way and she takes each day in stride.


Pre-K & Preschool Care

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Miss Dawn – Lead Teacher in our Pre-K
Miss Dawn, voted Teacher of the Year in 2013, is our Pre K Lead Teacher. She joined Kids Korner in 2003 with five years of early childhood experience under her belt. The greatest quality Miss Dawn brings to our Pre K students is her ability to engage each child, build nurturing relationships and personalize curriculum to ensure each child’s success. Always calm and composed, Dawn creates a safe, secure environment which allows children to feel accepted and loved. Miss Dawn is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and is currently earning her Master’s in Education for Medaille.

Miss Mary – Lead Teacher in our Preschool
Miss. Mary, who tied with Ms. Nicole for Rookie Of The Year, has been with Kids Korner since August 2013. She has an extensive background working with children. Mary has worked in after school programs, Pre-K classrooms, and with children age’s 3-5 in childcare settings. Her experience in various age groups has allowed her to perfect her teaching style and curriculum development. In her spare time she enjoys drawing and dining out. She has her Masters degree in elementary education and is a welcomed addition to Kids Korner.

Miss Olga – Lead Teacher in our Preschool
Miss. Olga joined Kids Korner in October 2011. She has a Master’s Degree in Physics and Education and has worked with middle and high school aged children in Russia. Since moving to The United States, Olga has discovered her love working with preschool aged children. She has been teaching in the preschool setting for over eleven years. In her spare time Olga enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and exercising. Ms. Olga always puts children first and is a valuable asset to the Kids Korner team.

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