Jessica Leone
Director (West Hartford on Fennway)

Jessica has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2006. She began working for Educational Playcare in 2014. Before taking on the role of Assistant Director, Jessica worked as a teacher in our preschool program and was a Curriculum Coordinator at our school in Wallingford. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. She also has a Head Teacher Certificate.

Jessica realized that she wanted to go into the Early Childhood field while helping take care of her younger brothers. Jessica enjoys spending any free time she may have with her daughter, family, and friends. She also enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and listening to music.

Jessica is committed to providing children with positive learning experiences. She believes that every child should have multiple opportunities to learn and that teachers need to teach to each child’s unique learning style. She believes that a play-based curriculum is the most beneficial environment in which to promote this.

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Lauren Eldridge
Director (West Hartford on Park)

Lauren has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2010. She joined Educational Playcare in 2016 at our West Hartford on Park location as the Bluebird and Canary teacher and was most recently part of Educational Playcare’s Family Relations team assisting families with the enrollment process. She has her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Lauren believes that the early childhood years are some of the most important years for fostering a positive relationship with learning. She believes that it is essential for children to learn through hands-on experiences and play, and that each child should be taught and cared for on a personal and individual level.

Lauren lives with her husband, Steve, and her cat Simba. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring local Farmers Markets. She is very excited to be part of the West Hartford on Park team!

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