Each year, the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute honors a student enrolled in the Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies with the Nancy Klinger Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Nancy Klinger, who was instrumental in creating and launching the CPAC program at CUNY SPS.
The Children’s Program Administrator Credential, developed by the New York Association for the Education of Young Children, is recognized in New York State as the standard for measuring effectiveness in leadership, procedural supervision, and fiscal management for administrators of early childhood and school-aged children’s programs.
CPAC faculty at the CUNY School of Professional Studies are encouraged to nominate students enrolled in the program who:
- are in good academic standing, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
- have completed at least nine (9) credits toward the CPAC, and
- demonstrate a commitment to leading high-quality programs for young children.
The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute is pleased to award the 2023 Nancy Klinger Memorial Scholarship to Frances Murphy.
“I am so grateful to have been able to participate in such a wonderful and impactful program,” says Murphy. “My development as a teacher, leader, and mentor will forever allow me to shape the lives of future generations of early childhood learners and educators.”
Because the program is conducted online, Murphy has been able to pursue her CPAC while continuing to work full time.
“The courses that had the biggest impact on my education dealt with ethical and professional standards, personnel management, human relations, assessment as an administrator, integration, and resources and expenses,” says Murphy. “The elements that I love most about the CPAC program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies are the development of skills and competencies in management and leadership; the professors who go above and beyond to ensure that each of us clearly understands each discussion and assignment; and my colleagues who are early childhood directors and practitioners, who bring a treasure trove of real-life experiences to our discussions.”