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11/26/19

Children’s Village Selected as a Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Winner

Children’s Village Honored as Outstanding Equity Program
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On November 13, more than 300 guests gathered for The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Awards Gala at the Crystal Tea Room. The celebratory evening honored Children’s Village and 20 other awardees for their innovative diversity programs and inclusive workplace initiatives.

Children's Village representatives, including Board members, teachers, and administrators, commemorate the evening with a group photo. In a wonderful expression of appreciation, several Board members purchased event tickets for staff.

Children’s Village representatives, including Board members, teachers, and administrators, commemorate the evening with a group photo. In a wonderful expression of appreciation, several Board members purchased event tickets for staff.

Accepting the award, Executive Director Mary Graham remarked, “Those of us working with young children know firsthand the many benefits of high-quality early care and education. But many do not.  Decades of research, however, from University of Chicago Professor James Heckman, a Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics, shows that the most powerful and cost-effective way to combat poverty and improve the country’s economy is high-quality early care and education.”

Children’s Village’s Outstanding Equality Program designation recognizes Mary’s efforts to champion equitable representation, including her teacher recruitment and retention approaches.

Nearly 20% of Children’s Village’s teachers began as parent volunteers, who Mary hired as substitutes, and then shepherded their participation in T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) Scholarship program. Her commitment to equality extends far beyond Children’s Village’s classrooms. Mary chairs the Pennsylvania Child Care Association’s Education & Policy Committee, spreading T.E.A.C.H. statewide.

“We are honored to be among the region’s organizations and companies recognized for diversity and inclusion.  This award is especially meaningful because we were nominated by a parent whose children attend our program,” says Mary.

Learn more about Children’s Village’s mission, vision, and core values here.

Mary Graham(r) enjoys time with Nydia Han of WPVI 6, winner of the Outstanding Ally Award.

Mary Graham(r) enjoys time with Nydia Han of WPVI 6, winner of the Outstanding Ally Award.

 
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