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Mitch Hoffman, CEO/President

Achievement and excellence have always been part of Mitch’s life. An All-American Athlete and Scholar, Mitch believes that the best way to give kids a head start in life is to provide them with an integrated approach to early education, including physical development and intellectual growth.

Born and raised in Stamford, Mitch did his undergraduate work at Lafayette College, receiving his MA in Educational Administration from Columbia University.

Mitch is the Founder and CEO of Building Blocks Early Learning Center. Mitch brings 20 years of educational experience to Building Blocks as teacher and administrator. He has worked with all ages of growth stemming from early youth to college.

Athletics and an active life style are also important parts of his life, personally and professionally. He was Director of Athletics at St. Luke’s School, and coached their Head Varsity Baseball Team for 10 years. Presently he coaches the New Canaan High School Varsity team along with numerous youth sports as a volunteer.

Mitch’s passion for academics and athletics goes hand in hand with a determination to see positive change in the community. Mitch serves on the Board of the following charitable organizations: JBI Foundation and Irvin Moorin Scholarship Foundation along with doing work with Kids in Crisis.

Mitch lives in CT with his wife Erin and their three boys Maddox, Brody and Cole.

Lindsay Hoffman,  President of Operations
Erin Hoffman,  Enrichment Coordinator



Carrie Steers, Camp Avenue Director 

As a founding member of Building Blocks Early Learning Center, our school has become an integral part of Carrie’s life. She is responsible for spearheading development since BBELC’s infancy.  As Stamford Director, Carrie ensures that your child enjoys an enriched learning environment through creating a space that encourages family wellness, parent involvement and age appropriate educational opportunities. It takes room to grow and Carrie makes sure that your child has all the room they will need!

Prior to her employment at BBELC, Carrie maintained over a decade of experience working directly with children; four of said years were spent teaching. This experience cemented her commitment to an “integrated approach” to Early Childhood Education. A graduate of Lynn University, Carrie received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Manhattanville College.

“Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”


Christine Bartell, Shelton Director 

As Program Director of our Shelton facility, Christine focuses on facilitating a creative early learning center, ensuring safety while encouraging a nurturing staff for the children.

She has an extensive teaching background with 16 years of experience. After graduating with honors from Caldwell College with a degree in Education and English she taught for 10 years prior to entering the field of Early Childhood education. For the past 7 years she has worked for Building Blocks Early Learning Center. Before becoming the director of Shelton,  she opened our Wilton center in April 2012 as the Program Director. Her passion and enthusiasm for Early Childhood carries over into each classroom at our CT Early Learning Center.

“My goal is to create a second home for our children at the center, a place where they are nurtured and happy while they are learning and GROWING!”


Melissa Montanaro, High Ridge Director

Melissa has been with BBELC for over 6 years and has held various positions within the company. She started as a floater and quickly worked her way up to a Pre School Teacher, Assistant Director and now Program Director at High Ridge. Melissa was also instrumental in creating the Pre K program at Building Blocks, Camp Avenue.

Melissa has a double major is Psychology and Human Services. She is just one class shy of her Directors Credential. Melissa hopes to continue her education in early childhood Special Education in the future.

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”


Anna Zurawska, Wilton Director 

Anna Zurawska is the Program Director in Wilton. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Social Work. She attended a Leadership Course for Early Childhood Education Directors’ Credentials at Norwalk Community College. She has been an early childhood educator for over 12 years teaching in private schools in Norwalk and Greenwich, CT. She was a manager at the Head Start and School Readiness Programs. Additionally, she has experience organizing and providing workshops and presentations for the teachers and parents regarding the kindergarten readiness and strategies for a smooth transition between preschool and kindergarten.

“I believe that Early Childhood Education is very important to begin building the foundation of your child’s future.”