Diversity and Collaboration in Action
Community Learning through diversity
Interacting with people from various backgrounds is an essential learning experience for children today, as they will be expected to function as adults in a global, multicultural marketplace. We are fortunate that our learning environment is characterized by the rich cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Ossining, reflected in our enrollment and in our staff.
Long-term partnership with Ossining Union Free School District
Both historically and today, we have had a close working relationship with the Ossining Union Free School District. Today’s joint programs include full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten and a childcare and parenting program for teen mothers, enabling them to graduate from Ossining High School.
Ossining Agencies Council
We are part of the Ossining Agencies Council, comprising representatives from other local childcare centers, the Ossining Public Library, the Open Door Family Medical Center, the “First Steps” Family Literacy Program, the Ossining Public School, Interfaith Council for Action (an affordable housing agency) and other local organizations that serve children and families. Through periodic meetings, the member agencies keep one another up-to-date on their work, brainstorm on ways to meet the needs of our community more efficiently and effectively, and initiate collaborative projects.
Regional and Statewide Leadership and Advocacy
Our Executive Director, Howard Milbert, plays a leadership role in early childhood education at the County and State levels. Mr. Milbert is co–chair of both the Westchester Early Childhood Directors’ Association and the New York State Not for Profit Childcare Directors’ Association. He also serves on the board of the New York State Child Care Council.