The Pedagogy of Listening
Listening to children is like opening a curtain or driving away a blanket of fog. I encourage you to listen to what we often do not have time or patience to listen to; namely the extraordinary laboratory of experiments that constitutes the child standing by our side.  -Loris Malaguzzi
Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Our teachers are chosen for their joy in working with children, and their commitment to progressive early childhood education. We meet regularly for conversation, reflection, research, and documentation.  We practice responsive care and intentional teaching.  We believe teaching is an expressive art and we work as a teaching team and continually support one another to grow our skills in listening, observing, documenting, asking good questions, encouraging and coaching.  


Our Directors

Carol Garboden Murray, Educational Director
Carol is the Educational Director, overseeing the program's philosophy, vision and growth. Carol holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development and Special Education, NYS Teaching and Early Intervention License.  Carol founded the Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley which partners with other schools and local organizations to coordinate professional growth opportunities for early childhood teachers.  She writes articles and books for The National Association of Young Children (Young Children Journal), Exchange Press and Gryphon House Publishing

Kristine Williams, Children's Center Site Director & Program Manager
Kristine initially came to Bard as an early childhood teacher and then become a Director at The Children’s Children's in 2008. Kristine holds a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. Kristine has been working directly with children and families for many years in public, private, and corporate childcare settings.

Contact the Nursery School

The Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School
Carol Murray, Director

Contact the Children's Center

The Bard Community Children’s Center
Kristine Williams, Director