The Schenectady Early Childhood Education Center, a QUALITYstarsNY program, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a year of successful renovations intended to better meet the needs of their children and community. Since moving to Schenectady in 2015, the program has worked hand-in-hand with the community to find grants and resources to build a suitable playground for the children to enjoy. The new renovation ensure that all children in the community, including those with walkers and wheelchairs, are now able safely play and explore thanks to a new Poured-in-Place Playground Surface and fence around the perimeter.
Current and former staff, county officials from the Committee for Special Education, members of the Police Department, and families attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. They were greeted with speeches by local officials, including Mayor Gary McCarthy, Scott Oswald of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, and Assemblyman Joe Tedisco. Marsha Williams, the site’s Executive Director, received a certificate acknowledging her work and commitment to the children of Schenectady community. JoAnn Toth, a QUALITYstarsNY Quality Improvement Specialist who works with the Early Childhood Education Center to support the program’s continuous quality improvement efforts and goals, was also in attendance.