The joy of a new child is unlike any other. Watching a new little person discover the world around them is wondrous - finding their feet, grabbing a finger, learning to sit, to crawl, to walk. Suddenly, they toddle about, at first unsteady then off sprinting to discover the larger world around them.
As parents, we want to provide the very best opportunities for our children, and for many parents heading back to work after maternity and paternity leave, finding a child care program can be difficult, practically and emotionally. Searching for a child care program in the first place in Rockland can be tough – not all child care programs accept infants and toddlers.
Fortunately, New York State has acknowledged that more needs to be done to not only support infant and toddler teachers with training and technical assistance, but that there is a need for more infant/toddler slots. So this year, New York State child care resource and referral agencies, including CCRR, have seen their infant/toddler program budgets triple!
This is truly wonderful news, because we have been able to hire a new infant/toddler specialist to work with programs and staff on professional development, room environment, and, ultimately, to assist programs to open infant/toddler spaces. We are proud to welcome Jenny Spampinato, our new Infant/Toddler Specialist.
Jenny comes to us highly recommended, with certifications in NYS Early Childhood Birth-2, among other certifications. After working at a preschool for a time, Jenny came to realize she relished the opportunity to not only broaden her scope of knowledge, but to help child care providers. She is committed to providing excellence. Jenny will be working closely with CCRR’s Quality Enhancement Specialists and with the Regional Infant Toddler Network (Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester), visiting child care programs, sharing knowledge, insight, and assistance to infant/toddler providers and parents.
The safety and security an infant or toddler experiences in those first years of life is the foundation for how they will learn as they grow. Entrusting the care of our infants and toddlers to a child care provider means finding someone in whom we have confidence, who will care for and nurture the child the way we would while having the skills and knowledge to support that foundational early learning.
CCRR’s commitment to ensuring quality early childhood education to all children is strengthened by having Jenny on staff. Welcome, Jenny!