Child Care Council Honors Outstanding Child Care Providers with Start Bright Impact Awards

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Yencer, Smits, Roth, McMillian

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Amy Yencer, Kathy Smits, Erin Roth, Andrea McMillian


Not pictured: Nikki Phillips

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2019 – Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit that connects families with quality child care, recently honored child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards.


The Impact Awards are presented to providers who exemplify the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people. Provider honorees were:

  • Andrea McMillian, a child care teacher at Brockport Child Development Center
  • Nikki Phillips, a child care teacher at Creative Environment Children’s Learning Center in Wayne County
  • Erin Roth and Kathy Smits, co-teachers at Penfield Village Nursery School
  • Amy Yencer, who operates a school-age program in Mt. Morris, Livingston County


The Council also recognized New York State Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo (136th District) as its Distinguished Civic Leader of the Year for being a champion of child care issues on the state and local levels. St. Ann’s Community was honored as the Innovative Employer of the Year for providing free summer camp for its employees’ children. Michelle Dwyer and Triciajean Jones accepted the award on behalf of St. Ann’s.


Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.



About Child Care Council Inc.

Founded in 1972, Child Care Council Inc. ( is a comprehensive parent-referral, adult-education and community-resource agency working to improve the quality of child care. A Child Care Aware® Quality Assured agency, the Council provides information, training and resources to child care providers, parents and businesses in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties. The non-profit agency offers coordinated services to support child care programs, including a professional library, referral services, free notary public, fingerprinting waivers, reduced-cost business services, and a resource/recycle shop (Repurpose & More Store).

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