Cathryn A. Riley, or Cate, made a lasting impact on the Child Care Council of Westchester and the field of early care and education. She was a program coordinator at the Council. She was also involved with the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council, now known as the Early Care and Learning Council. Cate served on the New York State Department of Education Committee for Teacher Certification, the Board of the Westchester Association for the Education for Young Children and the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College. Following Cate’s death, the Council established a special fund to honor her and her many contributions.
In 2016, the Council launched the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize to recognize important new improvements in early care and education quality. Several awards were made to child care resource and referral agencies across the state as well as the Early Care and Learning Council. The Council is interested in existing or new 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
Eligible organizations include OCFS - regulated child care and after school programs, nursery schools that are also licensed by OCFS and child care resource and referral agencies. Each prize will be funded up to $1,500 depending on the project budget request and availability of funds.
The application deadline is close of business on Friday, April 26, 2019. The awards will be decided by a committe of the Council.