Erica Bates Stuart

Erica Bates Stuart is the Director of the Center. As Laura's daughter, Erica has been a part of Bates-Rich since infancy. Erica has a BS in Human Development from Cornell University. Erica's two daughters currently attend the Center. Erica has experience as a Kindergarten teacher and cares deeply about the well-being of the children at Bates-Rich.

Art Bates

Art Bates is the Business Manager and Co-Owner of Bates-Rich. Art keeps the Center's books running smoothly and is in charge of all of the mechanical operations. He also enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren who attend Bates-Rich.

Laura Bates

Laura is the Co-Owner of Bates-Rich Child Care. She has been working in early childhood for more than 35 years. Laura is highly respected in the community as a leader in Early Childhood Education. Her years of hands-on care have provided her with unparalleled experience working with children, families and teachers.

... about Laura

Laura's career in child care began at a very early age - she is the second oldest daughter in a family of 6 boys and 5 girls. You might say that caring for children is in her DNA.

... about Erica

When Erica isn't managing things at the center, she is busy juggling all the responsibilities and challenges of being a working mother - she knows first-hand what that's like. In her free time, Erica enjoys reading, yoga, interior design, and is passionate about sustainability and organic nutrition.

... about Art

In between keeping things running smoothly at the center, Art enjoys the Syracuse Orangemen, fishing on Lake Ontario, and bobbing a grandchild on each knee. (He is now short one knee!) 

...about the center

​We've been caring for children since 1978. The first location was Janet Rich Day Care in Brighton. We then went on to operate another center in Brighton and one downtown. In June of 2004, Bates-Rich Child Care in Fairport opened. Come by and take a tour! 

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Who we are

we want to be part of your extended family


At Bates-Rich, we pride ourselves on being a family-owned, stand-alone Center.  Parents and children love the 'family feel,' and we love having them as part of our family.