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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize Winners of 2021

The Council is delighted to announce the latest round of Prize awards to:

  • Hope Child Care in Rye Brook to remake an outdoor space for infants and toddlers so they can explore nature, water and other natural materials. Accepting: Esperanza Velasquez, Director
  • Caring Tree Childcare Center in Mount Vernon to establish the “Into the Future 2.0” program to reduce the digital divide for after school children and their parents through a shared space for children and parents together. Accepting: Emilinda Lugo-Agosto, Supervisor
  • Rye YMCA in Rye to expand their child care and after school programs, enabling them to serve over 180 additional children. Accepting: Kathy Lynam, Sr. Program Director – Child Care
  • Mt Kisco Child Care Center in Mt Kisco for materials in a new outdoor learning area for neurotypical preschoolers and those with special needs in partnership with Westchester ARC’s Children’s School for Early Development. Accepting:  Kerry Wilson, Pre-K Head Teacher/Supervisor

The Cathryn A. Riley Leadership Committee established the Innovation for Quality Prize process in 2016.  Since that time, 20 awards have been made to 19 different organizations for a total of $28,000.   There were no Prizes awarded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the list of Prizes, click here.

There were 12 applicants this year, the most ever.  The Committee looks forward to the next round in 2022.

The Innovation for Quality Prizes are made possible by the Cathryn A. Riley Fund of the Child Care Council of Westchester. Cathryn "Cate" Riley was a coordinator at the Council prior to her death. She was involved with the NYS Child Care Coordinating Council, now known as the Early Care and Learning Council, the coordinating agency for the statewide CCRR network. She also served on the NYS Department of Education Committee for Teacher Certification, the Board of the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children and the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College. Cate was herself an intuitive and skilled leader in early care and education.


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