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On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the IFCC team held a recognition ceremony to celebrate the participants who completed their Brooklyn Borough Professional Development series on Building Relationships. The providers participated in a 5 week class on Wednesday evenings and covered topics such as responsive caregiving with children, supporting and partnering with families, and creating safe learning environments. The IFCC team wanted to recognize and celebrate the participants for their commitment to their professional development, their communities, and to the children and families they work with. The providers’ dedication is especially important given that the majority of the participants are informal providers, and thus they are not required to complete professional development hours.


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The ceremony opened with a few remarks from the Institute’s Executive Director, Sherry M. Cleary, the IFCC Project Coordinator, Angelica Velazquez, and the class facilitator, Andrea Maldonado. The participants then shared their thoughts and feelings about their experience and discussed what’s next for them in their careers and professional development. Many of the participants shared their goals to become licensed, or to pursue the CDA credential or an advanced degree.

The following participants were recognized:

Sandra  Dixon

Leticia Harper

Michelle Higgins

Margaret Hunter

Treniece Johnson

Marjorie Lomax

Gorgiana Price

Donna Reid

Gertrude Upsher


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Congratulations to the participants for all of their accomplishments and hard work throughout this series!