The Child Care Council is delighted to announce the winners of the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize for 2019:
- Briarcliff Nursery School for the “BNS Share, Learn and Grown Library”, a space within the center for teachers and parents to find books and resources to support children’s social-emotional development. They will also create “take home” bags for parents to encourage non-tech family time.
Accepting: Lisa Beck, Director
- The Country Children’s Center to establish an “Afterschool Makers Club” in a school-based afterschool program to encourage student-driven learning that promotes open-ended experimentation, collaboration, and problem-solving.
Accepting: Tiffany Baffi-Munson, School Age Program Director
- The Early Childhood Center at the Memorial Methodist United Church to build self-esteem in children who struggle in a group setting using the Pyramid Model and Mindfulness techniques in the “Incorporating Strategies to increase Social-Emotional and Adaptive Skills in Preschool Children Exhibiting Executive Functioning Deficit” project.
Accepting: Margaret Rowan, Director
- Mindful Tots Nursery to expose children living in an urban setting to nature through creation of an outdoor mud kitchen and vegetable garden. In the “Learning Through Nature” project, the children will not only experience a greater connection to nature, they will also learn about good nutrition and environmental sustainability.
Accepting: Tamica Balay-Rios, Owner
- Weekday Nursery School in a collaboration with Iona College to create fine motor centers in their preschool classrooms. In this “Fine Motor Center Collaboration” project, the children will strengthen fine motor and visual motor skills needed for kindergarten and graduate students in occupational therapy will gain hands-on experience in an early childhood setting.
Accepting: Meaghan Fullerton, Curriculum Coordinator
The selection committee comprised of Dr. Pat Amanna, Lottie Harris, Mary Lou Sgro and Kathy Halas were excited by the scope and thoughtfulness of the applications in this increasingly competitive award process. Look for the Council website for updates on these projects and info on recent winners.
The innovation for Quality Prize awards are supported by the Cathryn A. Riley Fund, established for Cathryn A. Riley, or Cate, a former employee of the Council who made a lasting impact not only on our organization, but the field of early care and education.