Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D. - Director

Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D ( has a doctorate in developmental and clinical psychology from Duke University and holds a bachelor's degree from University of Michigan in Psychology. She is on faculty in Psychology at Barnard College and conducts research on children's social development and parents' experiences parenting young children, including the challenges of combining work and family. Other research areas focus on trauma and young children, as well as children's use of play to communicate and process emotions and stressful experiences. She is on the Advisory Boards of Room to Grow, Per Dev, Rwanda Educational Assistance Program, Ubuntu Education Fund,, and has been an advisor to Sesame Street. Dr. Klein is an advisor to children's TV and film, and is frequently quoted in parenting magazines and the media as an expert on toddler development and parenting issues. Dr. Klein's book How Toddlers Thrive: What parents can do today to plant the seeds of lifelong success was published in 2014. Follow her on Twitter: @tovahklein. She is the mother of three boys, all Toddler Center graduates.

Alison Davis - Associate Director

Alison Davis ( received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College. She spent many years working with children and families as a social worker before returning to Hunter for a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the Toddler Center, she spent nine years as a teacher at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School. Alison is the mother of two children, one in high school and one in college.

Andrea Carmosino - Center Administrator

Andrea Carmosino ( is the Center Administrator and can answer questions about the Toddler Center.  She is the mother of three Toddler Center graduates - two currently in college (one a Barnard College senior) and one finished and living in the real world.  Andrea is a CU alum and formerly worked at the Columbia University School of Social Work.  

Ashley Cattaneo -  Head Teacher

Ashley Cattaneo ( received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland in 2012 with a certification in Inclusive Special Education (1-6).  Ashley recently completed her graduate work at Bank Street in the Infant and Family Development/Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Program in May.

Jenna Bloom -  Head Teacher

Jenna Bloom ( graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She has been a head teacher in NYC for the last two years and is currently in her final year of study at Bank Street in the Early Childhood Education program.

Sophia Golden - Assistant Teacher

Sophia Golden ( received a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University in 2009 with a B.S. in Communications and worked in technology for many years before returning to school to complete a postbac in psychology at Columbia University. Sophia was a student teacher in the Toddler Center last year and returns this year to be an assistant teacher in morning and afternoon classes. 

Hannah Dunn - Research Coordinator

Hannah Dunn ( is a 2017 graduate of Barnard College and now works as the Toddler Center's Research Coordinator after being a student teacher at the Toddler Center in 2015-16 and an assistant teacher during her senior year.  She will be coordinating research projects as well as being an assistant teacher in a morning and afternoon class.