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Successes Are Empowering

The past two weeks have brought a few successes to CCRR, giving me even greater respect and admiration for our staff, our board, and our community.

On September 17th, we produced our first Facebook Live session with our nurse, Kristin Saunders. She answered questions and provided vital information about topics ranging from immunizations, to handling the flu, to sharing how she helps both providers and families address the health needs of children in child care.  To date, the video has been viewed over 1400 times – remarkable. You can watch it here if you haven’t already, and be sure to keep an eye out for future Facebook Live sessions.

On September 25th, in the beautiful Victorian house that is Giulio’s Restaurant in Tappan, we held an intimate gathering of supporters of the Jane Brown Tuition Scholarship Fund, raising several thousand dollars to provide child care tuition scholarships, including the first installment of a $1000 donation from  the National Council of Jewish Women, Rockland Section by former staffer and NCJW President Marcia Scheer. Funded in part by the United Way of Rockland County and by individual donors, the scholarships allow families the peace of mind of knowing their child is cared for in a quality setting. The scholarship’s namesake, Jane Brown, joined us, speaking of the direct impact these dollars have on a child. CCRR Board President Phyllis Tucker and Fund Development Chair John Gregory shared how opportunity makes a difference in lives. In fact, in this video you can hear directly from a parent who, because of the tuition scholarship, has retained the work-life balance so important to her family. And as a wonderful culmination of the evening, CCRR honored lifelong child advocates Vickie and Fred Frelow with the first annual Jane Brown Award.

And just this morning, a CCRR staff member shared another success. In a world where educational achievement is perceived as high academic honors, parents of very young learners might believe their child must receive a preschool report card, or bring home pages of traced letters, or even read sight words. Early childhood professionals know that young children learn through play and exploration of their immediate world. As Fred Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” So, at the end of a recent parent workshop, when a few parents commented on this realization, after hearing how the curriculum used in UPK classrooms promotes learning through play – success!

I have the honor and privilege of working alongside so many who make these successes possible. These events, of varying shapes and sizes, are what bring me to work every day.