School Readiness Council

Meeting Information
September -June on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm at the Board of Education-129 Church Street (Auditorium)


Mission Statement
Mobilize as a community to development and oversee new programs and embellish existing programs in order to provide all preschool children and their families, regardless of income and special needs, the necessary requirements and resources that will allow for the successful growth, education and emotional development.

Regular Members

Dr. Catherine CarboneSuperintendent, Board of Education
Kristen PeckBoard of Education
Azra Redzic, Co-ChairBoard of Education
Catherine PlourdeBristol/Burlington Health District
Andrew HoweCity Council
Karen LombardiWomen Infant and Children (WIC)
Donna Osuch, Co-ChairUnited Way of West Central Connecticut
Amber LipscombFamily Resources Centers
Valerie Pelletier
Head Start
Valerie Toner
Bristol Public Library
Joyce VoisineTunxis Community College
Pam TestaSchool Readiness Community Programs
Alyssa McGheeWheeler Clinic
Dr. Susan Adeife LeePhysician
Maureen EatonRetired Community Representative
Brenda MooreBristol Housing Authority
Jennifer St. JohnParent
Lauren KittleProgram Consultant, Parent & Child Center
Cecilia GarayBoard of Education
Donna KoserBECA Representative
Tatiana GarciaSmall Business Owner
Siri GilmoreParent
Sarah HolmesFamily Resources Centers
Mayor Jeffrey CaggianoEx-Officio Member

School Readiness Committees

Health Committee

September -June, First Tuesday of each month, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Senior Center, 240 Stafford Avenue, Room 101

Chairperson: Catherine Plourde, BSN, RN 860-584-7682

To promote awareness and education of healthier eating, healthier lifestyle , for a healthier community.

The main focus of this committee is to bring awareness and prevention of childhood obesity.

Donna Koser, Kate Kerchaert, Kristen Peck, Patty Tomascak, Gail Zimmerman, MaryLou Grendziszewski, Lisa Menillo, Cathy Mieczkowski, Jessica Donner, Valerie Toner, Mary-Alice Petrucelli-Timek. 

Infant and Toddler committee

September - June, Fourth Tuesday of the month, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, BPCCC 291 Burlington Avenue, Conference Room

Chairperson: Lauren Kittle,
Chairperson: Amanda Sawyer,

Support creation of developmentally appropriate non-competitive  activities for very young children. Focus on new mothers in the community and provide education/information and support (including maternal depression screening).

Lauren Kittle, Donna Koser, Tracy Krasinski, Christine Marschall, Mary-Alice Petrucelli-Timek, Dr. Tad Bartles, Cherrie Bartles.

Transition To Kindergarten Committee

September - June, Second Monday of the month, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, South Side School, 21 Tuttle Rd. Conference Room

Donna Osuch 860-582-9559 ext. 401
Mary-Alice Petrucelli-Timek 860-584-7812 ext 451248

To make transition to Kindergarten as seamless as possible for families and children to make getting ready for kindergarten a community investment.

Kristen Peck, Linda Rich, Maria Calabro, Jennifer St. John, Stacy Rivoira, Valerie Toner, Kelly Beruit, Collen Kelly, Jessica Dumont, Barbara Tedesco, Bryan Cistulli, Dave Huber, Donna Koser, Doreen Stickney, Erin Sexton, Deb Collins, Meghan Nadeau, Rachael Witewicz, Emily Gomes, Gail Zimmermann, Catherine Plourde, Linda Rich.