LYA's Early Childhood programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of young children in the community. Licensed by the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC), the Pre-K and kindergarten offer children from 15 months to 5 years an all-day, year round experiential program in a stimulating, secure and nurturing environment.

For LYA's earliest learners, those from 15 months to 2 years 9 months of age, the program focuses on developing physical, social, cognitive and motor skills. In the Pre-K for 3 and 4-year-old children, the emphasis moves to developing communication and learning skills and nurturing a healthy self-esteem. Pre-math and pre-reading skills are introduced when students are ready. The Kindergarten program is designed to address the needs of individual students and facilitate their transition to early primary education.

Small classes with an excellent student-teacher ratio ensure that each student's particular talents are recognized and encouraged by the supportive staff faculty. Curriculum enrichment in the arts and other areas begins in Pre-K and continues at all grade levels. The outdoor playground allows children to explore and exercise in a protected setting.

Early Childhood Department

Lilia Luzhanskiy , Early Childhood Director

lilia.jpgLilia Luzhanskiy joined the LYA team in August 2010. She received her degree in Early Childhood from Open University, Tel Aviv, Israel and the Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lilia Luzhanskiy holds a degree of Associate in Arts from Springfield Technical Community College.

E-mail: [email protected] 

 Kayla Larivee, Early Childhood Teacher - Toddler Class

Kayla.jpgKayla joined the LYA team in 2020. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Photography from Holyoke Community College and Greenfield Community College. Kayla is certified in infant, toddler and preschool care. 

Lindsey Kier, Early Childhood Teacher Pre 3 Class

Lindsey.jpgLindsey joined the LYA team in 2020. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bay Path University. 

Stephanie Windyka, Early Childhood Teacher Pre 4 Class

Stephanie W..jpgStephanie joined the LYA staff in the fall of 2013 after interning at LYA in the 2012-2013 school year. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Bay Path University.

Mushky Cowen, Early Childhood Judaic Teacher  


mushkie.jpgMushky joined the LYA team in 2018. She received her teaching certificate from Chaya Aidel Seminary in Florida. 

Rochel Leah Kosofsky, Kindergarten Judaic

RL.jpgRochel Leah has been a part of the LYA team since 1988. She received her Judaic teacher's certification from Bais Rivkah Teachers Seminary in New York, with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She was a recipient of the 1997 and 2008 Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Rochel Leah was a 2008 recipient of the National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Lane Futrell, Kindergarten Secular

Lane.jpgLane Futrell joined the LYA staff in the summer of 2015. Mrs. Futrell received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and holds an educator's license in Early Childhood: Students with and without Disabilities. With her background in school-based occupational therapy, she is well versed in special education laws and implementation of student IEP's.