April 14, 2011
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. Strengthening Child Care for our Community
With Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Marist College Rosemarie Palmeri, CPA St. Francis Preschool & Daycare Vassar College for their significant contributions!
Champions of Child Care Program April 14, 2011
Registration Introductions Special Presentations Comments Dinner Award Presentations Raffles Closing
Programs At A Glance ~ Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. Child Care Resource & Referral (Dutchess & Putnam) • Provides information to parents on locating child care, consumer education, referrals, subsidies, services for
families • Recruits child care providers, provides start-up information and technical assistance in meeting regulatory requirements • Provides the Community with education on child care issues and current data needed in planning for community services • Supports employers in planning, implementing and providing employee child care services Child Care Registration (Dutchess & Putnam,) • Provides supervision of 106 family day care homes in Dutchess and 26 in Putnam • Provides supervision of 31 school age programs in Dutchess, and 7 in Putnam • Includes processing new and renewal applications, monitoring and inspecting programs, providing techni-
cal assistance and investigating complaints Child and Adult Care Food Program (Dutchess & Putnam) • Supports group and family day care providers in providing
nutritious, healthful meals and snacks to children in their care • Manages the CACFP federal reimbursement program for participating providers Health Care Consultancy Services (Dutchess & Putnam) • Registered Nurse on staff conducts training classes on health
issues for child care providers • Reviews and approves health care plans for medication admini-
stration Day Care Subsidy Administration (Putnam) • Manages the subsidized day care program Regional InfantInfant-Toddler Technical Assistance Center (Dutchess, Putnam & Ulster) • Provides training and technical assistance to providers who care for infants
and toddlers Resource Lending Library (Dutchess & Putnam) • Onsite lending library of toys, equipment, teaching units and professional
resources Mobile Resource Lending Library (Dutchess) • Council van stocked with toys, games, teaching units, children’s books, and professional resources to enhance programs
Congratulations to all of our nominees! Day Care Centers
Group Family Day Care programs
Bard Community Children’s Center, Inc.
Bella’s Group Family Daycare
Care 4 Me Childcare, Inc.
Victorian Teddy Bears/Cedar Tree Preschool
Child Care by Valerie, Inc.
Pauline Frederickson David Frederickson Connie Badami
Creative Kids Daycare, Beekman
Cedar Street Day Care
Danielle Place Regina Mahoney Melissa McGayhey Monika Robortaccio
The Children’s Playhouse, Inc. Barbara Passaro
Feels Like Home Childcare, Inc.
Green Chimney’s Children’s Services, Inc.
Karen’s Kiddie Care
Karen Isidori Sarah Elmashad
Infant Toddler Center @ Vassar College
Little Peoples Daycare
Nicole Bonelli Kristen Jezsu Infant/Toddler teachers
My Little Angels Daycare/Preschool, Inc.
Kiddie Academy of Fishkill
Erinn Brown Felicita Colon Joseph Azzone
Peek a Boo Day Care Car
Neighborhood Daycare Services, Inc.
Cindy Sanchez Eileen Fehr
Stage III Daycare, Inc.
Northern Dutchess Day Care Center Renee Caporaletti-Coons Gary Taylor
Sweet Dreams and Friends Day Care
Over the Rainbow Learning Center
Teddy Bear Play House Day Care
Poughkeepsie Child Development Center, Inc.
Wish Upon a Star Childcare, Inc.
Saint Francis Hospital Day Care Center Leslie Merriman Ann Marti Monica Hunter
Saint Francis Hospital Day Care Center II
Family Day Care programs
Arian Sullivan Karen Hunter
Brook’s Family Day Care, LTD Brook Schimmel
Grammy’s Country Daycare
Young Hearts Day Care, LLC
Nursery School programs
School Age programs
Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School @ Bard College
The YMCA of Newburgh, NY @ Gayhead
Putnam County Family Child Care Providers’ Networking Group
Milestone Anniversaries Congratulations to the day care providers and staff celebrating Milestone Anniversaries in 2011.
TwentyTwenty-Five Years Astor Early Childhood Program - Grace Caddell Astor Early Childhood Program - Flora Santos
Twenty Years Over the Rainbow Learning Center - Rita Acerno My Little Angels Daycare/Preschool, Inc. - Denise Clair Vassar College-Wimpfheimer Nursery School - Patricia Gwen-Foster
Fifteen Years Vassar College-Wimpfheimer Nursery School - Justine Bastian Half Pint - Michelle Leonard Blooming Buddies - Alison Ugarte
Ten Years Northern Dutchess Day Care Center - Renee Caporaletti-Coons Over the Rainbow Learning Center - Sheila Durkin Country Grove Children’s Center - Sue Mock Vassar College-Wimpfheimer Nursery School - Heidi Parks Country Grove Children’s Center - Nina Robinson Northern Dutchess Day Care Center - Gary Taylor
Five Years Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Laura Azzone Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Joseph Azzone Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Kayla Batista Catharine Street Community Center, Inc. - Felicia Brown Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Ginette Colon Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Kari delPuerto Vitti Poughkeepsie Day Nursery - Deidre Folger Country Grove Children’s Center - Eileen Hansom Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Maria Ocasio Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Amanda O’Connor Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Christine Osterhoudt Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Linda Rodriguez Kiddie Academy of Fishkill - Stephanie Salch Country Grove Children’s Center - Karen Sinclair Kidz Country Learning Day Care Center - Maggie Zabel
Congratulations to our Award Winners! Putnam County Putnam County Preschool of the Year: Meeting Special Needs and Learning Differences: P.A.R.C. Unique Curriculum: Learning Through Nature: Green Chimney’s Children’s Services, Inc. - Natures Nursery Putnam County Staff of the Year: Stage III Daycare, Inc. Putnam County Center of the Year: Over the Rainbow Learning Center Professional Development Award: Supporting Child Care Providers:
Putnam County Family Child Care Providers’ Group
Dutchess County Family Day Care Programs Home Away From Home: Brook Schimmel, Brook’s Family Day Care, LTD Growing Together: Nancy House, Grammy’s Country Daycare Staying in Touch: Cris Lemieux, Inspire Daycare
Group Family Day Care Programs Life Line Award: Bella’s Group Family Daycare Dutchess County Group Family Day Care of the Year: Victorian Teddy Bears/Cedar Tree Preschool Meeting Family Needs: The Children’s Playhouse, Inc. Child Care Provider of the Year: Marisol Hoffmann, Feels Like Home Childcare, Inc. Coming to the Rescue: Cedar Street Day Care Quest for Excellence: Gwen Freeman, Little Peoples Daycare Hope for the Future: Sweet Dreams and Friends Day Care Dynamic Duo: Karen Isidori and Sarah Elmashad, Karen’s Kiddie Care Best Kept Secret: Wish Upon a Star Childcare, Inc. Strengthening Families One Child at a Time: Teddy Bear Playhouse Day Care Job Well Done: Peek A Boo Day Care
School Age Child Care Programs Exceptional School Age Child Care Director: Marcia Smoot, The YMCA of Newburgh, NY @ Gayhead
Nursery School Program Dutchess County Nursery School of the Year: Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School @ Bard College
Day Care Centers Dutchess County Center of the Year: Infant Toddler Center @ Vassar College Dutchess County Staff of the Year: “Soup to Nuts— Nuts—Awesome”: Saint Francis Hospital Day Care Center Right From the Start: Milene Olmo and Jennifer Kingman, Poughkeepsie Child Development Center, Inc. Beyond the Call of Duty: Gary Taylor, Northern Dutchess Day Care Center Creative Team: Ms. Danielle, Ms. Melissa, Ms. Monika, Ms. Regina, Creative Kids Childcare Going the Extra Mile: Neighborhood Day Care Services Teacher Extraordinaire: Learning Through Play: Tiffany Cratty, Child Care by Valerie Warming Our Hearts: Young Hearts Day Care, LLC Peace of Mind: TotsTots-N-Us
2010 Education Awards Congratulations to the following persons who have achieved an Education Milestone during 2010. We salute your efforts to further your education to enhance what you offer to children and their families.
Northern Dutchess Day Care Center Master’s Degree in Early Childhood
Over the Rainbow Learning Center Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
Literacy Education (B-6)
Jessica Fulton Young Hearts Day Care & Preschool Master’s Degree in Education
Kristen McKinley Over the Rainbow Learning Center Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education
Amanda O’Connor Kiddie Academy of Fishkill Associates Degree in Science and Childhood Education
Valerie L. Andrews Child Care By Valerie, Inc. Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Communication
Kristina Mang Creative Kids Childcare Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching Grades 1—6 Special Education
Ann McKinley Over the Rainbow Learning Center Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education
Erica Saxton Kiddie Academy of Fishkill Bachelor’s Degree
Honeybee Child Care Associates in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
Child & Society with a Concentration in Education
Creative Kids Childcare NYSAEYC Children’s Program Administrator Credential
Honeybee Child Care Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education
Small World Child Care New York State School-Age Care Credential
Over the Rainbow Learning Center Child Development Associate
Green Chimneys Childrens Services New York State School-Age Care Credential
Kidz Country Learning Day Care Center Child Development Associate
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester After School Programs in Westchester New York State School-Age Care Credential
Kidz Country Learning Day Care Center Child Development Associate
Kimberly Faison Martin Luther King Cultural Center New York State School-Age Care Credential
Suzanne Roe Family Services, Inc. New York State School-Age Care Credential
Cassandra Sands Green Chimneys Childrens Services New York State School-Age Care Credential
Annmarie Santaniello Putnam Valley Parks and Recreation New York State School-Age Care Credential
Marcie Smoot YMCA of Newburgh, Dutchess Site New York State School-Age Care Credential
Albert Cuomo Over the Rainbow Learning Center Child Development Associate
Kelly Rose Young Hearts Day Care & Preschool Child Development Associate
Jessica Woelfle Over the Rainbow Learning Center Child Development Associate
Hollie Morse Saint Francis Hospital Learning Links Day Care Center Child Development Associate Recertification
The Children’s Corner Group Family Day Care Reaccreditation
THANK YOU to the staff of the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. Alice Jetto, Parent Counselor, 24 years Marion Eagen, Assistant Director, 23 years Judy Maser, Secretary, 19 years Nancy Owen, Clerk, 19 years Peggy Paparone, School Age Registrar, 17 years Jeanne Wagner, Executive Director, 13 years Pat Isbirian, Parent Counselor, 11 years Nancy Maffia, Family Day Care Registration Supervisor, 11 years Liz Hargraves, Health Care Consultant, 7 years Karen Walsh, Legally Exempt Enrollment Coordinator, 5 years Barbara Garbarino, Putnam County Family Day Care/School Age Registrar, 5 years Melinda Cirillo, Financial Manager, 5 years Lorraine Scuccimarra, CACFP Coordinator, 5 years Stacey Rosborough, Family Day Care Registrar, 5 years Rosemarie Dehn, Training Coordinator, 5 years Kim Wolfe, Putnam County Day Care Services Administrator, 5 years Dawn Haecker, Putnam County Day Care Services Assistant, 4 years Carol Taylor, Family Day Care Registrar, 4 years Telma Almeida, Early Intervention Office Manager, 4 years Mary Schreiber, Putnam County Community Outreach, 3 years Donna Thomas, Infant Toddler Specialist, 2 years Elizabeth Spratley, Early Intervention Administrative Assistant, 1 year LaRae Fasano, Family Day Care Registrar, 1 year
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. Board of Directors, 2010 Diane Labenski
Linda Dunlap Vice-Chair Marist College
Laureann Elting Rhinebeck Savings Bank
Edward Glisson Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Dutchess County Dept. of Mental Health
Dutchess Community College
Dutchess County Department of Health
Member at Large
Linda MacIsaac Member at Large City of Poughkeepsie Office of Community Development
Scott Mehlberg Member at Large
Nancy Miringoff Member at Large
National Association of Social Workers
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Child Care Provider
Dutchess County Department of Social Services
Emily Albers Member at Large
Dutchess County Legislature
Astor Early Childhood Programs Head Start, Wingdale
Dutchess County Legislature
Tom Cataldo Member at Large
Member at Large
With Special Thanks to: Our major contributors: Marist College Rosemarie Palmeri, CPA
St. Francis Preschool & Daycare Vassar College
For helping to make this event possible!
The Champions of Child Care committee! We couldn't have done this without you!
Tara Kaywork and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Staff!
The Day Care Centers who have provided us with the beautiful centerpieces! Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School @ Bard College Creative Kids Childcare Infant Toddler Center @ Vassar College Neighborhood Day Care Services, Inc.
Northern Dutchess Day Care Center Over the Rainbow Learning Center P.A.R.C. Saint Francis Hospital Day Care Center Young Hearts Day Care, LLC
The local businesses who donated items to be raffled! Dream Catcher Farm Hudson Valley Renegades Marist College Nancy Owen Hudson Plaza Wines and Spirits Time Warner Cable
Karen Walsh for making the chocolate lollipops!
The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. Board of Directors and the staff for donating the items for the raffle baskets.
The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. and child care providers of Dutchess and Putnam counties working together to make an impact on the child care community. ‚ In 2010 the following groups of consumers were served in Dutchess and Putnam Counties: ♥ 1,236 families received referrals to child care programs. ♥ 1,581 children were referred to child care programs. ♥ There were a total of 10,093 slots for child care in day care centers, group family day care homes, family day care homes, and school age programs. ♥ 1216 child care providers received training from the Child Care Council.
‚ Approximately 700 volunteer hours annually support the work of the Child Care Council. ‚ In 2010, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. spent $129,560 on goods and services in Dutchess County.
Economic Impact: ‚ There are approximately 1,465 employed in Dutchess County in the early care and education workforce. ‚ 73% of Child Care Council staff reside in Dutchess County, 14% in Putnam County, and 13% in Ulster County.
‚ Regulated early care and education programs (day care centers, family and group family child care, school age child care, Head Start, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten) provide care for a minimum of 16,000 children in Dutchess and Putnam Counties so that parents can work or go to school.
Our Mission Statement: The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. works to promote affordable and quality child care, provide information and support to families, and strengthen the early childhood workforce in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
OUR SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Dutchess and Putnam County Child Care Providers as they are honored by the
CHILD CARE COUNCIL OF OF DUTCHESS AND PUTNAM, INC April 14, 2011
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Congratulates Child Care Council For the 2011 Champions of Child Care Nearly 80 Years of Caring for the Children of the Hudson Valley
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The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. would like to congratulate all of this years nominees and award winners!
Many thanks for all your hard work and everything you have done for the children of our community! The dedication you bring to your program is invaluable!
Don’t Call Me a Babysitter Little children come to me for hugs and books and such. I care for all their special needs, and also fix them lunch. I pick up toys, mop up spills, and often dry their tears. I change their diapers, settle fights, and kiss away their fears. I tie their shoes, button coats, and push them on the swing. I really love these kids, you see, but there is just on thing. Call me Mom or Aunt or Teacher, or other names that fit, But please don’t call me the “sitter”, because I never get to sit! ~author unknown
The Childcare Provider Although I’m not their mother, I care for them each day. I cuddle, sing, and read to them, And watch them as they play. I see each new accomplishment, And help them grow and learn, I understand their language, And I listen with concern. They come to me for comfort, And I kiss away their tears. They proudly show their work to me, I give the loudest cheers! No, I am not their mother, But my role is just as strong. I nurture them and keep them safe, Though maybe not for long. I know someday the time may come, When we will have to part, But I know each child I’ve cared for Is forever in my heart! ~author unknown
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