Meet The Staff
About the director:
Frances O. Scarantino has vast experience working with children. The President/Founder of a successful youth organization in this area, S.T.A.R.S., Scarantino runs various activities for many age groups in the youth center. Seeing the lack of programs in three areas, Scarantino decided to start a new after-school program, a family day care facility and a pre-school program for 3 & 4 year olds (1st Step Program) that focus on development and education.
Recently Scarantino has become a published author of children's books. Currently she has three books in her repertoire, two dealing with the transition into a day care setting and one about understanding and celebrating uniqueness and individuality.
She has been recognized for her accomplishments in local weekly newspapers as well as in New York Daily News and in New York Newsday. She has also received numerous awards for her work which include, but are not limited to: Courier Sun Rising Star Award (Feb. 2011), induction into the Howard Beach Civic Forum Hall of Fame (March 2007), The New Hamilton Beach Civic Association Shining Star Award (2005) YMCA Community Leader Award (October 2004), Brooke Russell Astor Award (October 2003), Newsday Everyday Hero (November 2002), 106 Pct. Night Out Against Crime Community Leadership Award (August 2001), Eckerd Salute To Woman Award (2000), Daily Point of Light Award (1999), NYC Council Proclamation (1997).
Scarantino is currently the President of The Rotary Club of South West Queens Communities, a member of the National Association of Day Care Providers, Executive Board member of the Sons of Italy, a member of the 106 Precinct Community Council and the Howard Beach Civic Association.
Prep Student & Alumni Honored by Queens Courrier (sic)
St. Francis Preparatory Alumni Community - February 8th, 2011
About the staff:
Margaret Arnold has three children of her own (all grown), so working with children comes naturally to her. She has many nieces and nephews that she has helped raise, as well. Being surrounded by children all of her life, Margie really enjoys working at RFTS and considers the children there like her extended family. She has worked for RFTS for the past 8 years and all of the children, and the parents, love her teaching and nurturing style.
Samantha Pullara is a mother of a little one herself. Her son attended RFTS for two years before she join our staff. She has worked at both our Mommy & Me Program, as well as our Little Dipper Program. She enjoys children and is thrilled to shape them at a young age into wonderful little human beings. She is also an arts & crafts extraordinary!
The director and each member of staff have been fingerprinted, had a background check, have been trained and certified in health and safety by the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Family Day Care Bureau. They have also been CPR certified.