ABOUT OAK STREET CDC
Cindy Bellamy, Director
Cindy Bellamy has worked in the child care profession since 1985, when she graduated from Lane Community College with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked as a teacher, program director and most currently as Director of Oak Street Child Development Center for the last 30 years. She has served on various State committees and has been a member of the Oregon Association of Childcare Directors for 20 years.
Alexandra Esqueda, Office Manager
Alexandra Esqueda has worked in the child care profession since 2009. She worked with preschoolers for 4 years while attending the University of Oregon. After graduating in 2013 she began working with our program as an infant room teacher and is now our office manager.
Bobbi Trent, Kitchen Manager
Bobbi Trent has worked in the child care profession since 1983. She has worked in many areas of the field from a classroom teacher to an assistant director and kitchen manager at several different schools in the Eugene and Springfield area. She has been with our program since 2015 as our Kitchen Manager and classroom support person.
Heather Lyons, Break Person
Heather Lyons has worked with our program since 2015. Over the last four years Heather has worked as a preschool teacher, our lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher for two years and now is our morning break person.
Our center's philosophy is considered "Developmental." We feel positive self-esteem is the most important asset a child can have in growing up. The major goal in this program is for the children to have positive experiences in which they can feel good about themselves. We want to encourage each child's development of self-discipline and help them learn healthy patterns of intercations with others. We believe that through play and social activities such as games, crafts, discussion groups, etc., we can provide children with the opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Most of all, we want to provide a warm, safe, and accepting atmosphere in which the schildren can enjoy themselves.
In April 1989, a Child Care Task Force was created by Lane County Commissioners to explore the creation of a child care center for Lane County employees. In March of 1990, Lance County purchased the Bus Barn and adjacent Oak Court buildings. The Forest Service, spurred by strong employee interest, agreed to fund the remodel and provide start up equipment for the Center.
By April 1990, Busy Barn, Inc. was formed to "assure the provision of affordable and quality day care for children of Lane County and Federal government employees and other children as space allows." A Board of Directors was formed from the Parent Planning Group, and BBI, shortly following, signed a contract with Crest Kid's Club, Inc. to operate the Center.
The Grand Opening for Oak Street Child Development Center took place on November 26, 1990. County Commissioner Bill Rodgers and Congressman Peter DeFazio were among those attending the celebration.
OSCDC has been operated by different organizations, such as Eugene Family YMCA and Easter Seals of Oregon. As of 2002, the Center has been Board operated and no longer requires outside assistance. Oak Street Child Development Center is committed to providing high quality early childhood education.
Oak Street CDC maintains high standards and is accredited by the NAEYC (Nat'l Assn. of the Education of Young People).
Our Parent Board
Our Board of Directors is composed of Oak Street parents. The Board makes decisions about the Center in collaboration with Director, Cindy Bellamy. Board Meetings are open to all members of the Oak Street family, and child care is available. Please inquire with for meeting dates and times.