Thursday, July 20, 2017

Advocacy Victory

ADVOCACY VICTORY! The "Thriving Families Resolution" unanimously passed the Board of Legislators last night. We hope you will click below and read the entire resolution, but the key is that the Families Task Force will be developing strategies and programs to ensure more of Westchester's families have access to the high quality housing, child care/after school care, employment and job training, schools and home supports, transportation, and medical and mental health services in our county.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Awards Breakfast Success!

Champions and Joey Winners Honored at Record-Breaking Awards Breakfast Event with Over 100,000 Raised
 
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2017 Champions for Children (from left to right): Jennifer Canter MD MPH FAAP, Child Abuse Pediatrician; Superintendent Raymond Sanchez, representing the Ossining Union Free School District; Cecilia McKenney, Executive Vice President of Consumer Sales and Marketing at Frontier Communications.
 
We welcomed nearly 300 guests at our Annual Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 19th, presented by teleNetwork and dixon schwabl.
 
In addition to hearing about the inspiring accomplishments of our Champions for Children and Joey Award winners, highlights included entertainment from magician David Ferst aka "MagicDave", our first-ever online silent auction, a visit from County Executive Rob Astorino, and a live broadcast by Westchester Talk Radio, which will be available soon!
 
A tremendous thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, award winners and supporters who helped make the event so special - for recognizing the importance of creating a better future for Westchester's children through quality early care and education. 
 
View and tag yourself in photos from the event on the Council's Facebook page

Because children only benefit from quality early learning programs, the Child Care Council strives to recognize and support examples of quality experiences.   This year, the Council is awarding four Cate Riley Innovation for Quality Prizes, three to Westchester programs and a fourth to a child care resource and referral agency in Syracuse.  Funding comes from the Cathryn Riley Leadership Fund established years ago at the Council for a respected and beloved Council staff person who died in a tragic accident.   The selections were made by a committee comprised of Lottie Harris, former Council executive director, Dr. Pat Amanna of the Child Care Center at Purchase College and Mary Lou Sgro, Westchester Community College faculty member and current president of WAEYC, and Kathy Halas, Executive Director of the Council.

Westchester awards:

  • It Takes a Village to Educate a Child, Sonia-Marshall Brown, Executive Director, for “Cooperative Play Skills with Lego Robotics” an afterschool program for children with special needs and typically developing children together, that teaches social and leadership skills embedded in a Legos Robotics class.
  • Little House Day Care, Elizabeth Knowles, Owner/Director, for “The Fundamentals of Play”, a new support community for family and group family programs through hands-on trainings and forums.
  • Little Angels Child Development, Angela Bayer-Perseeco, Owner/Director for “From Seeds to Sharing”, a community garden project where the children will create a vegetable garden from scratch and donate their produce to the Sharing Community, so that they learn about both gardening and giving.  

Statewide award:

  • Child Care Solutions, Inc., Lori Schakow, Executive Director, for ”Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read and Sing”, to improve the kindergarten readiness of children enrolled in legally-exempt care in Onondaga County, part of a county-wide initiative of the Early Childhood Alliance.

All of the recipients will be sharing the results of their projects so that the Council can share with the Westchester early care and education community.    

Westchester child care and after school programs are encouraged to apply for a 2017 Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize to support improvements in early care and education quality. The Council is looking for new or existing projects that meet one or more of the following criterion:

  • Involves collaboration with other parties
  • Strengthens business practices
  • Involves working with employers
  • Strengthens professional development
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