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Maria has worked in early childhood education and school settings for more than 38 years. She started working with children in 1972 in a Kindergarten class, and in 1974 she opened a Family Home Child Care program. In 1979, Maria opened her first center-based infant and preschool program in the Westchester area. She founded Carousel Preschool and has served as the Executive Director since that time. During this time, Maria has developed and managed multiple programs focused on providing high quality care and education to all students. Under her leadership, Carousel Schools and programs has expanded its scope of services, providing care and services not only to typically-developing children, but also to children, adolescents and adults with special needs or disabilities. Infants and toddlers with special needs or disabilities are enrolled in the Early Intervention program. These children work alongside their typically-developing peers in an inclusive and supportive environment from birth through five years old (through kindergarten). Carousel School has an elementary school and high school for children with special needs and disabilities for ages 3 through 22 years. Carousel School also has a satellite After School program and Adult Day programs.
Maria earned her B.A. from Antioch University and her M.S. in Special Education from National University, and her professional affiliations include: