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

Barbara Paci is the Program Director of the Purchase Children's Center. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Rochelle. She then received her Masters Degree in Teaching (MAT) from Manhattanville College. Barbara was a head classroom teacher for 18 years before becoming the Program Director in 2019. In addition, Barbara has been a TEAM Leader and Program Coordinator for Purchase Day Camp for 17 years. Barbara oversees all program areas of the curriculum including language, sensory, gross motor, fine motor and cognitive skills. In addition, she manages all enrichment classes, lunch bunch and after care programs. Feel free to reach out to her anytime by calling (914) 949-2636.

Jim Kelly is the Executive Director of the Purchase Community House where the Children's Center is located. Jim received his Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University. He became Assistant Director in 1985 and Executive Director in 1998. With over 35 years working with children and parents, Jim manages the administrative functions of the Purchase Children's Center.



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