The Child Care Council at CUNY held its’s 14th Annual Childcare Conference on January 19, 2018 at Bronx Community College. Approximately 178 participants from 16 campus based children’s centers attended the conference. The participants included teachers, directors, social workers, family workers, and administrative assistants. The presenters were subject matter experts across many disciplines in the early care and education field. This year’s conference theme was strengthening families and children which offered 14 different workshops. The annual conference serves as a gateway to improving best practices in the early childhood classroom, as well as, highlighting the importance of child development. The conference also sets the standard for outcome-driven programs while implementing a model for evaluation and quality improvement. The goal of the Child Care Council at CUNY is to not only empower and engage teachers by facilitating workshops on recent trends and best practices, but also shed light to the important work done on campuses through its children’s centers to assist student parents with retention and graduation. The knowledge, skills, and practices of early childhood educators is an important factor in determining how much young children learns and how prepared they are for entry into school (Sheridan, Edwards & Knoche, 2009).
In addition to the generous fiscal support from CUNY Central’s Interim Vice Chancellor Dr. Christopher Rosa; Kisha Fuentes, University Manager of Child Care and Leadership; and the administrative support from the hosting campus, BCC who ensured the conference was a success – many thanks to the Vice President of Student Success Dr. Irene R. Delgado gave a warm and rousing welcome to the participants in the Hall of Fame Playhouse; Dr. Sheilah Marion Paul, the Dean of Education from Medgar Evers College, who served as the Keynote Speaker, and the Executive Director of the Children’s Center, Jitinder Walia, as well as, her team for being the catalyst to ensuring things ran smoothly throughout the day.