CCC Teacher Receives County Award for Excellence in Teaching
We are pleased to announce that teacher Anna Krakowiak received an award for excellence in preschool education at the 15th annual “Celebrating Successes for Children” ceremony April 30, 2014. The event, hosted by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, recognized more than 125 honorees, and Anna was chosen as the top teacher from among several dozen finalists in the preschool category.
“Anna’s dedication to children is evident every day,” said CCC Educational Director Diana Chaffee. “She strives to give preschoolers a solid foundation for later learning, while also instilling the idea that the classroom is a fun, exciting place to be. We’re so pleased that her efforts – and those of teacher Dwayne Morris, who was also nominated for an award – are being recognized by the county.”
Anna is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. and recently finished her graduate work in autism and early intervention at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“I am so happy to be part of the Cradlerock family,” says Anna. “We have a lot of fun in our classroom, but learn tons along the way.”
CCC Board Chairman Profiled by Baltimore Sun
We’re very excited to share this profile of our board chairman, Rich Dean, by The Baltimore Sun. The article highlighted Rich’s role in founding CCC and the award he was recently given for working to provide child care to low-income children in Columbia. Check it out!
Cradlerock Children’s Center receives Columbia Foundation Grant
Cradlerock Children’s Center (CCC) recently received a $4,000 award from the Columbia Foundation’s 2013 Community Grant Program. The award will help fund CCC’s English Immersion Program for Children of Immigrant Families. The contribution to the lives of these children and their families is immeasurable. CCC’s unique program has shown dramatic results that demonstrate that early, focused intervention works. After two years in the Immersion Program, the children are proficient in English and ready for kindergarten, according to public school officials.
CCC began the Immersion Program in 2009 with a generous grant from the Columbia Foundation. Each year the program enrolls and provides full scholarships to six children from non- or limited-English speaking families. In response to community need, we plan to increase the program enrollment to a total of eight children.