Annual Meeting

Location: Wolfert's Roost Country Club, 120 Van Rensselaer Boulevard, Albany NY 12204

Join us to celebrate the community’s work in supporting whole child development. The evening will include a fundraiser for Sprout Scouts, an incentive program to support and encourage children to be involved in bringing fresh, local fruits and vegetables into their homes and hearts. We will also present our 2016 Annual Report and members may vote on our nominees for the Board of Directors of the Child Care Council.

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Building Bridges for Early Childhood Success by Dr. Isakson, Executive Director of Docs for Tots.

Dr. Isakson is a pediatrician and public health practitioner with 15 years of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT). Her passion and support for early childhood systems integration (health, education, family) stems from her exposure to the short- and long-term human outcomes of an under-funded and misaligned system for families with young children. Dr. Isakson has published multiple publications with the National Center for Children and Poverty (NCCP) across the systems of early care and education, health and family economic security. With NCCP and Susan Ochshorn of ECE PolicyWorks, she envisioned and executed the policy forum: Paid Family Leave: Getting it Right from the Start. Dr. Isakson sat on the executive committee of the board for the New York Zero-to-Three Network from 2008-2013, where she authored the 2008 report Unequal from the Start: a Check-up on NYC’s Infants and Toddlers. From 2015-2016 Dr. Isakson taught advocacy to graduate level students at Mt. Sinai School of Public Health. She is a sought-after speaker on issues of community and state systems to support healthy development in early childhood. Dr. Isakson trained in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York where she served as Chief Resident. She received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School.

Award Presentation

The Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) has been selected to receive the Capital District Child Care Council’s Community Collaborator Who Cares Award. Each year the Council recognizes the work of a community partner who has had an extraordinary impact on the field of Early Childhood and School-Age Education.

The Albany County Department of Health is a strong community resource for public policy and health program implementation and has been an instrumental collaborative partner in improving the health of children and adults in Albany County. Specifically we would like to recognize the collaborative work through the Strategic Alliance for Health on the delivery of Physical Activity in Child Care (PACC) which extended the childhood obesity prevention program of QUALITYstarsNY and for the commitment towards the immunization of children and adults through the Immunization Council of the Capital Region. Each year the ACDOH, in cooperation with other local health departments, provides an opportunity at our early childhood conference to receive adult immunizations, thereby protecting the children in their care. 



Officer Nominations

The Board Development Committee of the Board of Directors of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. nominates the following for a two year term:

Nancy Johnson, Early Childhood Director at the YWCA of Northeastern NY in Schenectady, is currently serving as the Vice President of the Board and is nominated as President elect for the next year to serve as Board President in 2018.

Board Nominations

The Board Development Committee announces that the following has been approved by the Board of Directors to serve a second term:

Melissa Hasty, Director for the Office of Early Childhood at the City School District of Albany

Member Nominations

The Board Development Committee announces that the following have been approved by the Board to be entered into nomination for positions on the Board of Directors of the Child Care Council. If you are a member of the Council, you are eligible to vote for these candidates.

Michelle Jarvais, Sr. VP Chief Financial Officer at The New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. 

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Siena College. As CFO for NYCON, she is responsible for all the fiscal operations of the consolidated entity, all human resource functions, and oversees NYCON's fiscal staff. In addition Michelle provides assistance and support to the Financial and Accountability and Compliance Services program that provides financial management technical assistance and training to nonprofit staff and boards of directors throughout New York State. 

Nikki A. Caruso,Executive Director at Colonie Youth Center, Inc. The Colonie Youth Center (CYC) is a private non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the living experience for all people in the greater Capital Region. CYC accomplishes this through the provision of quality childcare, counseling, recreation, education, health and fitness services and programs for youth, adults and seniors.  Nikki also serves on the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council Steering Committee.

Suzanne M. Swan, MPH, Senior Public Health Educator, Albany County Strategic Alliance for Health Coordinator, Albany County Department of Health.  Suzanne has served on various Boards and has coordinated health alliances in the community.  She has a Master of Public Health from SUNY Albany School of Public Health. 

Susan Birkhead, DNS, MPH, RN, CNE, Director, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Susan serves as Nursing Faculty at Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and is a frequent keynote speaker.  Susan is also preceptor for graduate and undergraduate students from SUNY Institute of Technology, Russell Sage College, Excelsior College, and Syracuse University.  She has served on several boards in the community.

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