- Congratulations Peigi! November 1, 2016
Corning Children’s Center Executive Director, Peigi Cook, was presented with the 2016 Early Childhood Professionalism and Leadership Award at Corning Community College’s First Annual Joint Meeting of Academic Program Advisory Boards this morning.
Peigi Cook has set the standard in the early childhood education field since she began her career almost 40 years ago. She relocated to the Corning area to accept the Executive Director position at Corning Children’s Center in 1993. Peigi has been an active leader at the Corning Children’s Center for 23 years, helping it grow from a small organization in a church basement to the state-of-the-art Center it is today.
Peigi not only adheres to professional standards within the field of early childhood education but works hard to push the standards forward. She introduced the concept of Continuity of Care to Corning Children’s Center in 2000, 16 years before it was included in the New York State Regulations as a valued concept. More recently, Peigi introduced a Mandarin Immersion Program concept to the Center that has been implemented into nine classrooms for 130+ children ages 18 months to 5 years old. These are just two examples of how Peigi has been a leader in the field of early childhood care and education.
Presented by the Early Childhood Department of Corning Community College, the award honors a professional provider in the field of Early Childhood who embodies the qualities of professionalism and leadership in their daily work settings. The award application states, “Within our local communities, we know there are many people who have devoted themselves to being true models of Developmentally Appropriate Practices and now we are excited to establish this award process and showcase some outstanding individuals who work with children.”
Criteria for applicants include:
• Adheres to professional standards within the field of Early Childhood
• Develops a partnership with young children and their families
• Models professionalism in everyday practices
• Displays a commitment to continual growth and learning in the field
• Effectively demonstrates leadership skills
- Congratulations Krista Gilliam – Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient April 22, 2016
We are so proud to announce the Krista Gilliam, one of our Infant Lead Teachers, was awarded the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award at a ceremony in Philadelphia last week. Krista’s project outlines a plan to build an outdoor musical garden. She was recently featured in the Star Gazette and the article can be viewed online here.
- Welcoming New Board of Director Members December 9, 2015
We also would like to thank Sharon Stone for her 6 years of dedicated service to our Board.
- Corning Community College recently presented Barbara Pickering with the first Early Childhood Professional and Leadership Award November 17, 2015
Corning Community College recently presented Barbara Pickering with the first Early Childhood Professional and Leadership Aware.
The award honors a professional provider in the field of early childhood education who embodies the qualities of professionalism and leadership in daily work settings.
Pickering is a lead teacher at the Corning Children’s Center. The award was presented by Shanna VanPatten, who described Pickering as a rare employee and a mentor and model of best practice.
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- Visiting Author – Tracey Campbell Pearson October 28, 2015
Tracey Campbell Pearson, author and illustrator of Elephant’s Story and other books for young readers, read, drew and shared stories of her journey as an artist and author with our young audience.
- Corning Children’s Center children, parents, and staff get dirty for Mud Day! July 28, 2015
On Friday, June 26, Corning Children’s Center celebrated International Mud Day – a day where children, parents, and early childhood professionals celebrate nature, outdoors, and messy fun by getting, well, muddy! “Children learn through play and what a better way to do it than by getting down and dirty?” said Lisa Barrett, infant-age specialist at the Center.
- Community volunteers create outdoor “Hobbit Hole” play space at Corning Children’s Center July 28, 2015
Many thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who joined us during United Way’s Day of Caring to help install a beautiful Hobbit Hole for children to explore! Your efforts help make the Center a special place for all our young dreamers.
- Let’s rally for children’s books! June 29, 2015
Corning Children’s Center needs 100 new books for our Children’s Library. For each $15 donation, your name or the name of the person you make the contribution in honor of will appear on a bookplate in a book. Please donate and share our https://rally.org/BooksForCenter page. Thank you!