Rochester Childfirst Network seeks to improve the quality of early education and care for children in Western New York through leadership, advocacy and direct services to families. RCN, whose legal name is Rochester Children's Nursery, was founded more than 150 years ago by a group of philanthropic women to feed and educate poor children.
RCN has evolved to serve children and families of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. Its early childhood education uses the HighScope curriculum, emphasizing hands-on learning. RCN adheres to standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has Pathways national accreditation. Its direct services:
- Day care and training in parenting skills for young mothers and their children from birth to age 3 at the downtown campus of Monroe Community College. The mothers are MCC students.
- Education for children with special needs from birth to age 5, including individual attention and comprehensive services, in classes integrated with children of typical development.
- Full-day care and preschool for children from 18 months to age 4.
- Before- and after-school care for kindergartners to sixth-graders.
- Summer camp for children from kindergarten through sixth grade.
- Training and assistance for more than 200 home-based child care providers, with workshops on child development, health and safety, as well as participation in the state program for reimbursement of the cost of providing nutritious meals.
- Training and special services for registered, licensed and informal family care providers.
RCN has 72 employees, and Noreen Boje is executive director and CEO. Its address is 941 South Ave., and its website is rcn4kids.org.
Financial record Year ending June 30, 2011
Government grants $2,920,158 72
Private and public support 592,065 15
Program fees 300,640 7
Universal prekindergarten contract 236,671 6
Other 27,595 1
Total revenue $4,077,129 100
Programs $3,655,608 90
General and administrative costs 263,622 6
Fundraising 145,249 4
Total expenses $4,064,479 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $12,650
Board of Directors
Michelle Butler, chairwoman; engineer, Eastman Kodak Co.
Wendy Lehmann, chairwoman-elect and vice chairwoman, programs; retired chief of appeals, Monroe County District Attorney's Office
Andrea Zuegel, past chairwoman; Web strategy consultant
Ann Walker, vice chairwoman, resources; investment strategist, Forte Capital LLC
Gay Abbey, vice chairwoman, awareness; retired educator
Cynthia Jackling, treasurer; internal auditor, Eastman Kodak Co.
Courtney Spitz, assistant treasurer; principal, the Bonadio Group
Diane Larter, secretary; human services consultant
Joseph Coon; facility director, Highland Hospital
Melissa Head; associate director of major gifts and planned giving, Nazareth College of Rochester
Paula Howk; retired public relations consultant
Bruce Keeley; president, EC4B Engineering P.C.
Lisa McCabe; director, Early Childhood Program, Cornell University
Amy Michatek; tax manager, EFP Rotenberg LLP
Ella Renckert; retired director, New York Office of Children and Family Services
Jeri Rombaut; chief financial officer, Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc.
Carol Schlank; retired teacher
Karl Schuler; president, Taylor, the Builders
Valeria Sinclair-Chapman; senior lecturer in political science, the University of Rochester
Muriel Steinberg; retired banker
Robert Van Neil; retired finance officer
Kim Weick; program coordinator, Generation Two: Creating Intergenerational Friendships Inc.
Kathleen Whelehan; president and CEO, Upstate National Bank
Jean Williams; retired model
Barry Wisset; attorney, Frontier Communications Corp.
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