Child Care is Community Care
Kimberly Suminski, CEO of Child Care Resource Network, will discuss the importance of child care and how it impacts the workforce as a whole. The availability of quality child care allows parents to go to work with peace of mind that their child is safe, healthy and thriving. Child care matters. It is no longer a woman’s issue or a parent’s issue – it is truly a community issue. An additional obstacle that we face in WNY is that 64% of New York is considered a child care desert. Simply put, the demand for child care exceeds the supply. We know that children who receive high-quality care and early childhood learning opportunities are better prepared for Kindergarten. We need increased supports for child care programs to better meet the needs of our community.
Kimberly Suminski joined the Child Care Resource Network in May 2019 after three years as director of the Early Childhood Direction Center at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. As CEO she oversees a budget of $3 million and 37 employees.
Suminski is on the Erie County Emergency Child Care Task Force and serves on the board of Early Care and Learning Council. She is a member of National Association of the Education of Young Children, Western New York Behavior Collaborative, United Way Birth to Eight Collaborative, Infant Toddler Leadership Circle, and Live Well Erie County Task Force.
She has a master’s degree in education administration from Canisius College and has 25 years experience at every level from pre-school director to high school principal. She was also an adjunct instructor for the early childhood program at Villa Maria College.
Date: October 6, 2021
Time: 5:30pm registration/6:00pm dinner
Cost: $40 members/$45 non members
Location: Grapevine Restaurant - 2545 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY
Registration prior to the meeting is required due to COVID restrictions and counts needing to be in prior to the event. No walkins or paying at the door. We ask that you please pay by credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card. Just check out as a guest on PayPal. If you are paying by check the check must be received prior to the meeting date.