United Way Celebrated Area Early Education Providers

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May 9, 2017 Area early childhood educators were recognized and celebrated at the 12th Annual Early Care and Education Quality Celebration by United Way Success By 6® on May 7.

United Way Success By 6 has established this annual recognition event to express the community's appreciation for the difference area childcare providers make in the lives of young children. Research has shown how critical the earliest years are in setting the stage for life, indicating that children who enter kindergarten with the foundation to learn are likely to succeed and reach their full potential. Area childcare providers are instrumental in helping a large percentage of our community's children build strong, early foundations for success.

The following accomplishments were recognized: 38 childcare providers for length of service (including one 42-year veteran); one providers for earning an Associates degree; 16 providers for earning Child Development Associates (CDA) Credential; and 16 providers for professional promotion. Additionally, one early childcare center was honored for reaccreditation. Please click here to see the complete list of names and achievements.

Pat Dillon with Mosaic Life Care emceed the event, and Dr. Tim Crowley delivered the keynote presentation. The Lindbergh Flyer Choir performed to help celebrate the evening.

United Way Success By 6 is a community-based movement of public and private partners including business, government, labor, education, childcare and parents working together to prepare children to be successful learners when they begin kindergarten.

United Way is a non-profit agency that aims to improve lives through the caring power of community by focusing on education, health and financial stability. United Way invites the community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering. United Way of Greater St. Joseph operates seven Initiatives/Programs and supports 17 local Partner Agencies and has been serving area residents for more than 100 years. To learn more: visit United Way online; like United Way of Greater St. Joseph on Facebook; follow UnitedWayStJoe on Twitter; or follow United Way of Greater St. Joseph on LinkedIn.