Cornerstone Children's Center is the brainchild of Lisbeth Olsen Condo and Margaret Conley Heffel.
It was conceived as an early care and education center of the highest quality, designed to provide a nurturing environment where children can thrive, to be a support to the busy parent, to be a great place for professionals to work and to be a resource to the community.
Marge and Lisbeth love what they do. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of Cornerstone Children's Center.
Lisbeth Olsen Condo earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education certified N-8 from Western Connecticut State University in 1988. She entered the childcare field in the summer of 1987 and has since held the positions of Kindergarten Teacher, Summer Camp Director and Program Director.
Lisbeth is dedicated to positively impacting the quality of the care for young children, supporting parents and developing staff to reach their fullest potential. Actively involved in the community, Lisbeth serves in officer capacities on the Shelton Public Schools PTO, supports Junior Achievement efforts as a JA-in-a-Day volunteer and coordinates Cornerstone’s food and gift drives. Lisbeth is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the New England, Connecticut and Mid Fairfield AEYCs. Lisbeth served on the Board of the Connecticut AEYC, as a Validator for the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and Co-chair of the Greater Bridgeport Director's Group Staff Development Committee.
Lisbeth knows first hand the challenges of combining motherhood, marriage and a career. She is the proud mother of two wonderful girls whose early learning years at Cornerstone shaped them to become avid readers, have excellent problem solving skills and excel academically.
Marge Heffel earned a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education in 2002. Prior to that she received her Bachelor's Degree in English from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY and worked on her Masters in Business Administration at Adelphi University. She managed a family retail business for several years after college and held subsequently more responsible positions in Human Resource Management until she relocated to Connecticut.
In 2003 Marge was honored to earn the Connecticut Master Director Credential in Early Care and Education.
Marge also has been active in the childcare community holding officer positions on the Boards of Directors of The Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center and the Elizabeth Shelton PTA. She served as founding President of the Connecticut School Age Child Care Alliance has been active as a member of the Hopkins Parent Council and the Connecticut League of Women Voters.
As a working mom, Marge understood the childcare needs of working parents. When she contemplated a return to work after the birth of her second child she used this knowledge in the design of what became Kidstop Developmental Child Care Center which she directed for over 25 years.
Marge and Lisbeth first teamed up at Kidstop. Together they opened a sister center in 1996 and Cornerstone Children's Center was born!