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

Children’s Village has been selected as a Philadelphia Inquirer 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Winner in the category of Outstanding Equality Program.

This awards program honors the region’s leaders impacting business with innovative diversity programs and inclusive workplace initiatives.  As a winner, Children’s Village was evaluated and finalized by a unique and noteworthy judging panel. The integrity of the process and the resulting finalists will make the Philadelphia Inquirer’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards Gala a truly one of a kind event.

Children’s Village’s Executive Director Mary Graham states, “The greatest investment we can make is high-quality early education for every child.”

Children’s Village and Executive Director Mary Graham champion teacher recruitment and retention to ensure equitable representation:   

  • Nearly 20% of Children’s Village’s teachers began as parent volunteers, who Children’s Village hired as substitutes, and then shepherded their participation in T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) Scholarship program. Reflecting many of the children and families they serve, all of these teachers are English language learners. (T.E.A.C.H. supported their enrollment in non-credit bearing English-language courses, which prepared them to pursue credit-bearing courses through subsequent T.E.A.C.H. scholarships.)
  • The impact of Mary’s leadership extends beyond Children’s Village’s classrooms: Mary chairs the Pennsylvania Child Care Association’s Education & Policy Committee, spreading T.E.A.C.H. statewide. She also trains program directors on ways that T.E.A.C.H. can ‘grow parents as teachers’.

Children’s Village champions equity of opportunity:

  • Children’s Village recently realized its bold vision to create Philadelphia’s first adult Learning Lab embedded in a high-quality early education program. Children’s Village staff now train other educators. The opportunity to present workshops is open to staff with varying levels of education.  For example, a teacher with an associate’s can team with a colleague with a Bachelor’s to present a workshop.  Staff can pursue this new opportunity and earn additional income as a Learning Lab presenter, promoting a culture of inclusivity.

In addition to the recognition at the awards ceremony, Children’s Village will also be profiled in a special section of the Sunday Inquirer, which will reach over 1 million readers.  The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA. The event agenda includes a networking cocktail hour, a keynote presentation by Philadelphia’s own, Sulaiman Rahman, President and CEO of DiverseForce, LLC., a formal dinner, and an awards ceremony revealing the finalists in each category.

For information and for tickets, visit: For more event information, or questions about the event, please contact Angelica Irizarry, Director of Events at The Philadelphia Inquirer at For information on table packages to ensure your party is seated together for the celebration, please contact Barry Barlow at

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