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Gates - Washington Irving

Our Gates Child Care Center first opened its doors in 1993 and moved to its current location in 2008. The center is not only spacious and open, but enjoys multiple outdoor spaces and playgrounds as well. The large outdoor space makes spending summers at this location exciting. Our Gates center is particularly unique because in addition to child care, we have our elder care at this facility as well! Children can walk down the hall to visit with the grandmas and grandpas and we often incorporate intergenerational activities into our schedule. Gates is located at the Former Washington Irving Elementary School.

For children within the Gates-Chili School District, Generations offers a free Universal Pre-K Program.


Cynthia Hansen

My name is Cynthia Hansen, I am the director of our Gates center. I joined Generations in 2023 with 11 years of experience in early childhood education. I started as an assistant at a center working with all the ages from infant to school age. Over the years and locations, I was an infant, School age, and preschool lead. In my most recent position I was a Regional Director and oversaw 24 locations between Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, most were school age locations, with 3 daycare centers. My educational background is a master's in education with a focus on k-12 counseling. I have found Early Childhood to be a career that fits with me because I love the family feeling environment and relationship building with so many individuals, kids, staff, and families. In my free time I enjoy board games, drawing, reading, and archery. I look forward to growing with my Generations family!

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Washington Irving
2400 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY