HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 16, 2017) – The Hampton University Child Development Center (HUCDC) has been named Child Care Provider of the Month for June.
The award presented by Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Teachstone, and the Afterschool Alliance, recognizes the HUCDC for their excellent care and service.
Provider of the Month campaign organizers said, “The staff at the Hampton University Child Development Center is proud to focus on helping children build a strong educational foundation. They facilitate interactions in ways that not only promote this development and learning, but also fosters social competence, supports their learning through play, creates rich environments, and forges strong home–school connections.”
The HUCDC's achievements are so great, they've caught the attention of U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia. “This honor indicates that your staff has risen to this challenge with motivation and enthusiasm,” Warner wrote in a letter to Phelps.
“The programs and development education you offer give children the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.” Kaine wrote. "The ongoing commitment by you and other educators continues to pay off. Programs such as STEM are a key component to keeping our kids competitive in the global society in which we live."
This is not the first award for the HUCDC either. Since becoming Director in 2015, Phelps and her staff received the Best of Hampton Award (2017) in the Child Care category, and the Charles A. Wornom Helping Hands Award (2016) from the Hampton Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities for their dedication to helping children with unique learning abilites.
“I am honored and grateful for all of the recognition our center has seen in recent years. We have come a long way, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my staff,” Phelps said. “Educating children, regardless of their background, is something my team and I are passionate about, and it shows.”
Phelps and her team have created fun and interactive ways for children to learn and develop fine motor skills, reading, writing, listening, and math skills. The center's writing skills area provides children with the tools needed to create and publish their own books.
Phelps began her career at the age of 12 when she volunteered at a Head Start Program in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Phelps later became a mentor and babysitter for her cousins. She soon realized she had a passion for working with children.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Phelps had the opportunity to work for a preschool program in Camp Pendleton, Calif., at the Browne Child Development Center. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education with a concentration in early childhood education research.
“We are so grateful to exemplary providers like Joy Phelps and her staff; they are adding significant value to the development, overall health and well-being of the children in their care, and bringing added resources to this suburban community,” Provider of the Month campaign organizers said.
To learn more about the Hampton University Child Development Center, click here.