Executive Director’s Annual Letter (Polly’s Note)

December 2017
Dear CCC Families,
This year the Country Childrens Center reached the milestone of 50 years of service to our community. The Center celebrated with a wonderful reunion in September which was attended by over 300 past and present members of our CCC “family”. Many of you were there, and we were thrilled to share the day with you.
Additionally, such an awesome event causes one to reflect on what impact these 50 years of childcare services have had on Katonah, Bedford Hills, Lewisboro, South Salem, Goldens Bridge, Somers, Yorktown and other nearby municipalities. Over these years we have literally cared for thousands of children and hundreds of families. Many of the children we once cared for are now enrolled with their own children. Some of them also have sought employment with us. Wonderfully, parents from years ago now often seek us for the care of their grandchildren! The remarkable thing is that when these individuals return, some of the staff that they knew and loved are still here too! No other Center I know of enjoys this kind of legacy and continuity.
Now as the year draws to a close, I would also like to highlight some of our other accomplishments beyond the CCC’s 50th anniversary. First and foremost, our enrollment grew for the first time ever to over 500 children. Also, we opened a new after school program at Pound Ridge Elementary school, we operated a summer camp for over 80 children, gave piano lessons to 28 children, added chickens to our Farm animals, we continued with our science and STEM learning, we had music with Mr. Kenny and Miss Ellen, we gave swimming lessons to over 100 preschool children, we collaborated with Westchester ARC to provide 4 inclusion preschool classes for special needs children, we maintained our NAEYC accreditation and we established an endowment fund to ensure that these kinds of programs and activities will be maintained for years to come.
We also held a successful Childrens Art Show, Golf Outing, Book Fair and Science Fair. Funds from these events helped to add to our scholarship fund. This program helped families in need with almost $200,000 in scholarships and subsidies during the year.
All in all, our 50th year was one of our best!
As we look forward to another year we are hoping we can count on our community to help us to continue all our good work for the children and families of Northern Westchester.
We are grateful for any donation. I wish each of you the most wonderful of holidays and hope you and your families enjoy peace and good health in 2018!
Polly Peace | Executive Director
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