Room 8 CCDC & UPK

    • Room 8 at the Carmel Child Development Center (CCDC) provides a safe and nurturing environment for children the year prior to kindergarten.  The teacher-to-child ratio is 1:8. The teachers provide a developmentally appropriate program designed to develop each child’s critical thinking, sense of competence, and positive feeling toward learning. We believe children are active learners who learn best from activities that are concrete, real, and relevant to their lives. Our program is based on the premise that children learn about the world through their social interactions. Children are encouraged to be active participants in discussions and explorations with the class.

Phone: Ext. 3481


Degrees and Certifications:

Kate earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. Kate holds a Child Center Teacher Permit from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Kate Vanderkraats

Kate began teaching Preschool at Carmelo in August 2019.

Phone: Ext. 3482


Degrees and Certifications:

Cassie earned her Bachelor's degree in Marine Science. She holds a Child Center Master Teacher Permit from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Cassie Gasper

Cassie began teaching preschool at Carmelo in August 2023.