2017 ‘Friends of Children’ Awardees Recognized

May 15th, 2017

The Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension announced its 2017 ‘Friends of Children’ award winners at a recognition dinner on May 9th, 2017 at the Radisson in Utica.

The Friends of Children awards recognize individual child care professionals in all modalities of New York State regulated child care who display outstanding service and dedication to the children in their care. Additional awards are given to recognize community members, community agencies, family friendly employers and youth who demonstrate their support of children through action, word or deed.

Over 120 nominations were received for 91 individuals and agencies in categories that recognize the contribution of child care professionals, employers and community members who demonstrate exemplary care and support to the children of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties through direct or indirect service.  The event was attended by over 250 people, and awards were presented to the following category winners:

Dr. Mark Montgomery and Joseph’s Experience, Human Services Organization in Oneida County

Oneida Area Day Care Center, Human Services Organization in Madison County

Allyson Jablonski, Early Care and Learning Teacher in Madison County

Nicole Keyser, Early Care and Learning Teacher in Herkimer County

Brittany McConnell, Early Care and Learning Teacher in Oneida County

Jessica Jones, Family Child Care Provider in Herkimer County

Monte L. Leggett,  Family Child Care Provider in Herkimer County

Olivia Mundschenk, Family Child Care Provider in Oneida County

 Tracy Irwin, Teacher in Herkimer County

Ryan A. Watson, Teacher in Oneida County

Cynthia Fellows, Teacher in Madison County

Amanda Pearson, Child Care Center Director in Oneida County

Lucille Farfaglia, Child Care Center Director in Madison County

Elizabeth J. Hallenbeck, Youth in Oneida County

Shaylynn Smith, Youth in Herkimer County

Colleen Wuest, Community Member in Madison County

Christine Reynolds, Community Member in Herkimer County

Carolyn & Anthony Franco, Community Member in Oneida County

Edna Morales, Legally Exempt Child Care Provider in Oneida County

 John W. Kalpin Jr, Staff Choice Award Winner

Recipient of the Vivian C Kinney Lifelong Friend of Children Award was Kimberly Fragetta, Child & Family Services Instructor, Herkimer BOCES.  On the wake of her retirement, she is recognized for her commitment to ensure that the children of our community receive the very best start in life by establishing a high standard of care and education that provides support of parents and fosters optimal child development.

Support for this event was provided by Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Fairway Farms, The Paige Group, Stewarts Shops, Ta Ga Soke Campground, The Tailor and the Cook, Walmart, Hannaford, The Utica Children's Museum, Holland Farms Bakery & Deli, and The Utica Zoo.

Pictures of the event can be seen by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cceoneida

For more information or any questions or concerns, contact the Child Care Council at 315-223-7850.

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