About Us

The Purchase Children's Center is located in the historic Purchase Community House. Since its founding in 1980, the PCC has been providing quality programming for children ages 2-5.

We provide a variety of exciting educational opportunities for young children. Here at the PCC, our nurturing environment offers children an opportunity to learn and grow. In addition to our pre-school curriculum, we offer many "extras" that will enhance your child's preschool experience.

Meet our Directors

Judy Betz and Donna Tortorici established the Purchase Children's Center in 1980. Judy holds a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle and an Administrator's Credential from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. Prior to her directorship, she established a Supplementary Kindergarten Program for the Purchase Community House. In addition to being the Director, Judy also was the Pre-K teacher for over 26 years.

Donna Tortorici has a Masters Degree in Teaching (MAT) from Manhattanville College and an Administrator's Credential from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a Board member of the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) and the Leland L. Silliman Education Loan Fund. She is a past president of WAEYC with over 30 years of experience as an early childhood educator.

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"It's amazing how much my son has developed a passion for learning so many different things."
Elise, Parent