December 11, 2013
Earlier this month, Birmingham’s Childcare Resources awarded our CEO Suzanne Durham the Margie Curry Lifetime Achievement Award due to her more than 30 years of committed service to women and children in Central Alabama. Our child care programs, Calico Corner, KIDS Korner and the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) would not be what they are today without the time and effort she has dedicated. We are proud that Childcare Resources has acknowledged Suzanne’s work and the YW’s child care programs as outstanding examples of exceptional opportunities for children and their parents. Suzanne’s award was presented during Childcare Resources’ “Children’s Advocate Award” ceremony, which honored individuals, groups and organizations whose endeavors have had a positive impact on the lives of children in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker County. Suzanne is a past recipient of the individual Children’s Advocate Award and the YW is a past organizational recipient of the award.
“The Margie Curry Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have gone above and beyond the normal scope of their duties to demonstrate a lifetime commitment to serving the needs of children in Central Alabama,” said Joan Wright, Executive Director of Childcare Resources. “The award is a tribute to the founding Executive Director of Childcare Resources, Margie Curry, whom herself demonstrated a lifetime of quality service to children in our area.”
At the YWCA, we strongly believe in doing what it takes to ensure a high quality educational enrichment for the children in our child care programs. The early stages of a child’s life are the most important for making a positive impact. Our child care programs are KIDS (Kids In Distress) Korner, Calico Corner and ASEP. KIDS Korner and Calico Corner provide child care for children of ages 6 weeks to pre-k. These programs are licensed by the and nationally accredited by National Association for the Education of Young People (NAEYC). Only 8 percent of child care centers nationally receive this prestigious certification. ASEP provides care for elementary and middle school students of families who live in area shelters. We believe that those born with the least deserve the most opportunities, therefore our services are provided to children of homeless and working poor families.
“We are privileged to bestow the Margie Curry Lifetime Achievement Award on the very deserving Suzanne Durham for her more than 30 years of dedication and commitment to the well-being of Central Alabama’s children and their families. Time and again Suzanne has shown through her work that the vulnerable children and women among us must be served with quality and genuine concern in order to lift them above their circumstances. We applaud her for her lifetime service to these people,” Wright added.
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