Child Care Council Start Bright Impact Awards

Rochester Chamber member Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit that connects families with quality child care, recently honored child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards for exemplifying the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people. The provider award recipients were:

• Julie Bennett from Early Learning Daycare in Geneseo. One nominating parent stated, “Julie is flexible, caring and compassionate. My son will attend Julie’s daycare until he cannot go anymore.”

• Rebecca Martinez from Rattles, Blocks and Books Daycare in Rochester. Martinez was recognized for her work in early childhood and adolescent development. 

• Nancy Neuroth of Little Monkey Shines in Penfield. A provider for more than 50 years, Neuroth was cited for her work to give educational lessons and for a preschool curriculum with nursery rhymes, letter recognition, letter writing, printing, and counting.

• Joanne Dall, Amy DeSario, Michelle Hays, Gretta Schuler from Penfield Village Nursery’s Pre-K Program. Dall was recognized for being “a wonderful teacher with an enthusiasm to teach.” DeSario and Hays were nominated for their special birthday celebrations and for taking the time to share pictures of every child with the parents at the end of the year. Schuler was cited by a mother for the care she provided her son, who had become her son’s “best friend.”

Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.