Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) recently celebrated the 2014 Montessori Teacher Training Program graduation at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The Montessori Teacher Training Program was developed by the Catholic Charities Caritas Professional Development Center for Early Child Care and Education. Since 1996, the Catholic Charities Caritas Professional Development Center has trained over 380 program managers, group teachers, assistant teachers, and aides, of which the majority remain as Montessori teachers and administrators working with our children today. CCBQ sponsors 13 Day Care and Head Start Center based programs and three Family Day Care Networks serving over 2,000 children in the most underprivileged neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens.
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Family and friends of the graduates were in attendance to celebrate the culmination of this intensive, two-year program. CCBQ’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Siebel, congratulated the graduates and stated “anytime I go to the one of our Early Childhood Development Centers, it’s such a breath of fresh air […and] you are the reason why we’re effective.”
The mission of the Catholic Charities Caritas Professional Development Center is to return Maria Montessori’s vision to its roots; to offer a quality education to the poorest children of our communities; and to aid all children in reaching their full potential by training the teachers who serve the children and families of these communities.
The 2014 graduates are: Roxana Akter, Lalia El –Mansour Koureichi, Yulanda Barratt, Nasima Khatum, Lucila Cristinia Carrion, Nivia I. Ferrer, Karabi Biswas Poly, Mariely Genao, Brenda Sorin, Amritpal Kaur, and Pamela Sosa.
For more information on CCBQ’s Caritas Professional Development Center, please contact Julia Pane at Julia.Pane@CCBQ.org.
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