• A Model for Learning

    CURRICULUM THAT CELEBRATES THE UNIQUE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF EACH CHILD

  • Play With a Purpose

    children develop confidence, competence and dispositions for future learning.

  • Teachers Who Inspire

    SHARING THE EXTRAORDINARY WONDER OF LEARNING RIGHT FROM THE START

  • Afterschool Program

    Encompassing a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games and dance.

ABOUT US

Continuing School Placement

At Dillon we know how complicated navigating the world of Brooklyn elementary schools can be. That’s why we offer one-on-one placement guidance for your family.

Our Philosophy

You’re looking for a school that provides the very best for your child. At Dillon, we provide the essential tools to build young minds. Click here to learn more about the philosophy behind our curriculum.


Looking for extended care?

Click here to check out our afterschool programs.


ABOUT US

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CLASSROOMS

Modern, bright and spacious classrooms foster growth and learning for every child.

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TEACHERS AND STAFF

Experienced early childhood specialists help develop each child’s uniqueness.

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STUDENTS

Dillon boasts a student-to-teacher ratio that ensures individualized attention.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

A full range of additional programs appeal to our students’ various skills and interests.

Our Teachers

Susan Straut Collard, Ph.D.

Interim Director

Susan has been a professor in the Child Study department of St. Joseph’s College since 1988. She served as the Director of the Dillon Center from 2004-2013, and now she is back as the Interim Director. Susan’s earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from Columbia University. Working with children who have special needs has always been her passion. Susan has 4 children, all of whom attended the Dillon Center!

Claudia Marriello

Teaching Assistant — Early Learn

Claudia is the wife, mother, friend, and has been a Teaching Assistant for the last 16 years here at the Dillon Center. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in January 2016, with her B.S in Organizational Management. “The children of Dillon are a constant inspiration for me to remain young both in body and mind. Their inquisitive minds help me to remain a constant learner so that I can help them to discover the world in which we live.”

Merlina Pollidore-Joseph

Special ED Assistant Teacher — Inclusion

Merlina is the Special ED Assistant Teacher in the Inclusion classroom. She has been working in the Inclusion classroom at Dillon for 14 years. She loves planning big art projects such as murals, paper mache, and puppet making. She also loves to do finger plays, cook, read and act out stories with the children.

Emily Figueroa

Head Teacher Early Learn

Ms. Emily loves to work with young children and enjoys learning from them as well as teaching them. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College with a Masters in Literacy and Cognition. Ms. Emily is the mother of eight grown children and a Girl Scout Leader for over 25 years.

Sameena Rahman

Head Teacher of the All-Day Threes

Sameena Rahman was born in India and immigrated to the United States in 1983. She complied her M.A. in literacy and cognition at St. Joseph’s College. Rahman has worked at the Dillon Center since 1995.

Danielle Endes

Assistant Director

Danielle Endes graduated in 2013 from St. Joseph’s College with her bachelors degree in general and special education for children from birth to 6th grade. She will soon complete her masters degree in special education and is already looking towards her second masters. With a background in dance, Danielle incorporates movement and music into her classroom as much as possible.

Katherine Goldsmith, RN, BSN

School Nurse — Toddler Teacher

This is Katherine Goldsmith’s 15th year working as the school nurse at the Dillon Child Study Center of St. Joseph’s College. In addition to being a Toddler Teacher, she is also the Toddler Program Coordinator, the Inclusion Classroom Coordinator and the After School Program Coordinator at the Dillon Center. Katherine recently added a part-time job working as one of the Library Assistants at the McEntegart Library of St. Joseph’s Collage. It has been a very rewarding work experience.

Sister Patricia Dittmer CSJ

Head Teacher — Kindergarten

Sister Patricia Dittmer received her B.A. from St. Joseph’s College, and from Bank Street College of Education she received her M.S. in Early Childhood Education, and her P.D. in Supervision and Leadership. She is the co-author of the book Look Listen and Plan — Developing Literacy in Young Children. Sister Patricia is also a Consultant at Catholic School Academy, and an Instructor of Early Education at St. Joseph’s College. She has a passion for art and creativity, music and movement, and learning.

Victoria Contreras

Assistant Teacher — Full Day Threes

Victoria Contreras has been at Dillon for 16 years. She enjoys singing songs, reading stories and cooking with the children. Sometimes she plans activities in Spanish because she is bilingual.

Our Programs

1, 2, 3 PLAY WITH ME

1, 2, 3 PLAY WITH ME

Toddlers participate in a two-hour play session, once a week for 12 weeks in the Fall and the Spring. Read more...

Class Size

8

Teachers

Caregiver Required

TODDLERS

TODDLERS

Designed for Dillon’s youngest learners, children explore the school environment and learn how to function and thrive with other students. Read more...

Class Size

14

Teachers

3

THE EARLY ROOM

THE EARLY ROOM

In this classroom, children work on navigating the world of preschool. Read more...

Class Size

14

Teachers

2

INCLUSION

INCLUSION

A unique and child-driven class based on inquiry and discovery. Read more.

Class Size

21

Teachers

4

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

In Dillon’s Pre-K classroom, we involve the children in the study of things nearby that interest them and are worth knowing more about. Read more...

Class Size

20

Teachers

2

KINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN

Imagination, inquiry and exploration are encouraged as we ready the children for the next phase of their education. Read more...

Class Size

20

Teachers

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Gymstars

Gymstars provides a fun-filled class with exciting skills to learn, brightly colored equipment and choreographed movement routines to motivate and challenge your child, all while offering a tremendous amount of fun! READ MORE

Music for Aardvarks

Young children will have enriching and vital musical experiences that help them gain a sense of themselves and a connection to the world they live in. READ MORE

Construction Kids

hands-on workshops for children Pre-K to 6th grade, in which students learn to use real tools and get to build real things in a safe and creative environment. READ MORE
  • The early threes classroom and teachers are phenomenal. What a loving and supportive environment it is & such a tremendous asset for St. Joe’s. Our son had the same teachers and, like a fine wine, they get better with age!

    Early Threes Parent
  • I love the Dillon Center and the gentle, nurturing environment with spacious classrooms and a beautiful outdoor play area. The thing I love most about the school is the warmth and genuine love from all the teachers I have gotten to know over the years. They are all so passionate and kind, giving honest feedback on the kids and also explaining developmental stages in a non-judgemental way.

    Parent
  • The children in Sister Pat’s class have bonded very well. They are like a little family. Its a wonderful and nurturing environment. I am so happy that my son has continued on for one more year at Dillon.

    KINDERGARTEN PARENT
  • Dillon has a beautiful outdoor play area for its pre-schoolers. The staff at Dillon ROCK!!!

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  • My son absolutely loves going to school! He is learning how to be a flexible thinker, a curious investigator, a thoughtful problem-solver and a lover of life! And somehow the teachers make it all seem so effortless. Dillon is a wonderful community of educators who really care about teaching the whole child, we are thrilled to be a part of it!

    Parent
  • “Our son has flourished at Dillon — first in the 3’s program and is having a fantastic year in the 4’s pre-K. He is one of the younger children in the class and we have watched him grow in confidence and develop fantastic friendships attending Dillon. There are excellent facilities and it is a beautiful and secure setting for children. In short, at Dillon they really support and see the whole child.”

    SARAH HILDEBRANTS
  • “Our daughter’s enthusiasm and excitement for going to school every day is a testament to the incredibly caring, creative, nurturing, patient, and supportive Inclusion teachers. It has been remarkable, as parents of a special needs child, to watch her grow and we give tremendous credit to Dillon.”

    KATHLEEN CONNER