meet our Administrative Staff

Laura Bates


  Laura is the Owner of Bates-Rich Child Care. She has been working in early childhood for more than 35 years. Laura is highly respected in the community as a leader in Early Childhood Education. Her years of hands-on care have provided her with unparalleled experience working with children, families and teachers. 

Marce Spong


  Marce Spong is the Director of the Center. Marce joined Bates-Rich in March of 2015. She has a BS in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children from SUNY Brockport as well as the New York State Children's Program Administrator's Credential. Marce has worked with children of different ages for over 13 years and also has experience working with children with special needs.  

Brianne Snyder


   Brianne Snyder is the Program Support Specialist. Brianne has an M.S. in Inclusive Education from Nazareth College. After substituting in many districts, including Fairport, she accepted a position at an area child-care center in 2000 where she spent the last 19 years! As you can see, Brianne brings a wealth of education and experience. 

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meet our featured teacher of the month!

Miss Rachelle

   Rachelle “Chelle” Anderson has been with Bates-Rich for 31 years! She has spent most of that time working with infants and toddlers. She is our center opener and the “go-to” person for staff and families! Her expertise in infant development is vital to the classroom and she is often a resource for first time parents as their babies start to meet different milestones. Chelle’s love and dedication to our Bates-Rich families shows in her daily interactions with all. We are lucky to have her! 

about our teachers

Our Teachers

Low staff turnover means greater consistency for your child!

An important part of the Bates-Rich Vision Statement is to be the employer of choice in Rochester's child care community. To achieve this goal, we offer a competitive starting salary, a comprehensive benefits package and a clear and achievable career ladder.   

A supportive work environment, with strict compliance with OCFS Regulations and NAEYC Standards, supports a low staff turnover rate, which means greater consistency for your child

All Level II (Lead) Teachers have a minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) or a college diploma. Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers are Certified Teachers, and they sign an annual contract.  

Level I (Assistant) Teachers have college-based learning and relevant work experience.  

Teacher's Aides come from a variety of backgrounds and are supported and trained by teachers who are present with them at all times.  

Teachers maintain current CPR and Emergency First Aid training. Most Level II Teachers are also MAT Certified, having completed an extensive training program to enable them to administer medication.  

A flexible work schedule and access to scholarships allows staff to pursue continuing education so that they may further their career in early childhood.