I was fortunate to be recognized this past week by the Childcare Learning Center (CLC) for our Bank and Foundation’s work with CLC over the years. It was a real thrill to meet my co-honoree, Sharon Robinson, author, educational consultant to Major League Baseball and daughter of Rachel and Jackie Robinson. Adding to the evening, Mrs. Rachel Robinson joined us and both mother and daughter fondly remember their time as residents of Stamford.
CLC is a local nonprofit agency that has been at the forefront of developing and implementing high-quality programs for childcare and early childhood education and development. I’ve known CLC from the early 80s when I was President of the United Way Board of Directors and we’d walk over to perform site visits. One of the personal pleasures I had stems from those United Way visits – that’s spending time with CLC’s teachers and instructors. Each CLC program is developed with the goal of closing the achievement gap between children of low and high-income families. I’m proud to say the First County Bank Foundation has, since 2003, chosen to support CLC’s Teacher Education Initiative (TEI), which provides opportunities for the organization’s teachers to increase their skill set through outside course work and in-house seminars. It’s these types of initiatives that are easy for us to invest in as the TEI program produces tangible improvements year after year.
CLC used the occasion of their annual gala, which took place on April 25th, to showcase several successful alumni of their early childhood education program by enrolling them into the newly formed “CLC Hall of Fame.” It was a real thrill – the kids were great and very successful after overcoming significant childhood barriers.
The evening ended on a very high note with jazz guitarist and former NY Yankees great, Bernie Williams, performing. A very special evening for a very special organization.