Spring Valley YMCA's Early Learning Center child recognized

Governor Tom Corbett greets Jamie Silva, graduate of the Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center and one of the 2012 Shining Stars recognized at the Keystone STARS reception in Harrisburg.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Keystone STARS, Education and Resource Network teams recognized the achievement of the families, teachers and certified programs. With the sole mission to encourage young children, by proven leadership criteria, that cultivating a deep adoration for learning increases a student's ability to achieve success at all levels of development. Coincidentally, the Freedom Valley YMCA's core foundation and the STARS program are a perfect compliment.

Each spring families and teachers who participate in a Keystone STARS program with a STAR 2-4 rating are invited to nominate children who are currently enrolled or who have graduated from a STAR-rated program. This season a local nominee from the Spring Valley YMCA's Early Learning Center was Jamie Silva.

'As our center achieved higher quality standards the Silva family and Jamie in particular expanded their knowledge and understanding of the importance of positive early learning experiences,' stated, Claudia Malloy, child care director at the Spring Valley YMCA.

Silva is a graduate from the Spring Valley YMCAs Early Learning Center and was not only nominated but fortunate to be elected as Shining Star in honor of the Keystone STARS 10th anniversary held Harrisburg, PA. Nearly 200 children from 43 counties were nominated by their teachers and family members as Shining Stars. This is truly an honor for Jamie and his family.

In May, the Silva's attended a reception where Governor Tom Corbett met with the award recipients. Jamie took the 'meet and greet' one step further by introducing himself to Governor Corbett who eagerly reciprocated with a warm hand shake and a sincere smile.

'What an impressive little boy, and we are ecstatic to acknowledge him as a Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center Graduate,' said Malloy.

The supports from Keystone STARS make it possible for YMCA programs to improve their quality without increasing the cost to parents. Accomplished as a STAR 4 status the Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center programs have immediately resulted in superior program enhancement. The entire Freedom Valley family is proud to see Jamie develop through the STARS programming at Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center. This is one small step to a very bright future.

About the Y The Freedom Valley YMCA is comprised of five full-service branches and 65 program sites throughout Montgomery and Chester counties, and includes the Audubon, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Spring Valley, and Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCAs. Across the United States, the Freedom Valley YMCA is the 50th largest leading YMCA strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Anchored in a multitude of communities, the Freedom Valley YMCA engages 45,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. www.fvymca.org

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