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July 2010: VCLC named Host Agency for Long Island ECDC

VCLC is pleased to announce that it will be the host agency for the Long Island Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) beginning July 1, 2010. VCLC was awarded a grant to combine the previous Nassau and Suffolk Early Childhood Direction Centers into one cohesive center for the region. VCLC has previously been the host agency for the Nassau ECDC since its inception in 1979. The new Long Island ECDC will be directed by Carolyn Gammerman, who holds an M.S. in special education and is dually certified in special education and general education. Ms. Gammerman has been employed by VCLC since 1996 as a classroom teacher, SEIT teacher and SEIT supervisor, and has worked with families, early education providers and CPSE chairs throughout her career.

The Long Island ECDC provides information and referrals to families and professionals in Nassau and Suffolk Counties who are concerned about a child up to five years old, who is either diagnosed or suspected of having special needs. Family support continues until the child enters kindergarten. Services are confidential and free of charge. The Long Island ECDC will be housed at 47 Humphrey Drive in Syosset and can be reached via telephone at 516.364.8580; fax at 516.921.2354; or via e-mail at liecdc@vclc.org.

Call the ECDC for information regarding:
Evaluations & Assessments , Dept. of Health Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers, Preschool Special Education: Center-based, inclusionary programs, SEIT, and Related Therapies, Health/Nursing/Social Services, Advocacy/Mediation/Due Process, Child Care Council
Parent Education and Support Groups, Respite/Recreation, Legal, Financial, Medical Entitlements
Professional Development, Regional training and technical assistance for the preschool indicators on State Performance Plan.

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January 2010: Variety Child Learning Center Receives WE CARE Grant from the Nassau County Bar Association

Variety Child Learning Center recently received a donation of $1,000 from the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund. The grant will be used to renovate and refurnish the parent lounge located at the Judith S. Bloch School, at Variety Child Learning Center. The grant will benefit the Stefanie Rose Rieger Memorial Fund at VCLC.

Marilyn Genoa of the Nassau County Bar Association visited the center to present the check to VCLC.

The parent lounge is a place for parents to go while their child is in class, receiving related therapies or having an evaluation. The newly renovated space will house the parent library with resources including books, videos and magazines on disabilities, parenting, and family issues. It will also serve as a meeting place for the family organization and parent education groups.

“Variety Child Learning Center is grateful for the WE CARE Funds contribution toward providing a comfortable place where parents can access important information, share with one another, or simply relax. We would like to thank the Bar Association for being a committed community partner”, said Ms. Friedman and Ms. Rieger in a joint statement.



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November 2009 VCLC Receives NEFCU Grant
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) received a donation of $1,240 from Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) for the purchase of four tricycles which will be used in the facilitation of physical therapy for students with developmental disabilities. Andrea L. Tracey, NEFCU Membership Development Manager visited VCLC to present a check to CFO Andrea Rieger and CEO Janice Friedman.

“We are pleased to continue our mission of helping others by doing something that will benefit local children in their everyday lives and development.” Ms. Tracey stated on behalf of NEFCU. “With NEFCU’s strong foundation in education, we are proud to support VCLC in its effort to provide exceptional learning resources and guidance to children of our local communities.”


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October, 2009 Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs visits VCLC

On October 23rd, Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs came to Variety Child Learning Center to read to students and participate in VCLC’s Fall Festival. During the Fall Festival, VCLC students celebrate the autumnal months by learning about the season and selecting pumpkins from VCLC’s “pumpkin patch” to bring home. Legislator Jacobs is a long time supporter of VCLC.


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July 2009 Variety Child Learning Center Celebrates Children’s Academic Achievements

The Judith S. Bloch School at Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) held end of the year activities for early intervention, preschool and kindergarten through second grade classes in separate ceremonies in June.

Families and friends came together to proudly watch the children march and sing in celebration of the accomplishments in the 2008-2009 academic year. Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro, Councilwoman Rose Marie Walker, and Councilman Joseph Pinto came out to join in the festivities and speak their praises about the Center’s critical work in early intervention and education. VCLC Founder Judith S. Bloch, who recently retired from her post as CEO, and VCLC Board members Ralph F. Palleschi, Michael Rubin, Donna Gerzof and Blanca Duarte were also in attendance.

“It is always rewarding to see families, friends, and local officials come together to celebrate the children’s successes,” said Janice Friedman, CEO and Andrea Rieger, CFO in a joint statement. “These year end ceremonies are a tribute to the importance of early intervention and education, as well as to a collaborative partnership between parents and professionals.”


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June 2009 VCLC Dedicates School to Founder
The Board of Trustees of Variety Child Learning Center has named the center-based school at Variety Child Learning Center the Judith S. Bloch School, in her honor.

Ms. Bloch founded VCLC (earlier known as Pre-Schooler’s Workshop and then Variety Pre-Schooler’s Workshop) in 1966 as one of the first therapeutic nursery schools for young children with learning, language and behavior challenges. A pioneer in the field, Ms. Bloch believed that early intervention with parental involvement could make a lasting impact on a child’s development that is not possible if services are delayed. Since 1966, her ambition, hard work and dedication have touched the lives of thousands of children and families and influenced current professional practice. Today, VCLC is a major learning center that provides educational and related services to hundreds of children and families on- and off-site each year.

Judith S. Bloch retired as CEO of VCLC in December of 2008 and maintains her seat on the Board of Trustees.


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April 2009 Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) held its annual “Laughter for Children’s Sake” fundraising event at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY on April 3rd. The evening, which drew together friends, families and early childhood education professionals to honor VCLC founder Judith Bloch, raised approximately $82,000. These funds will benefit VCLC’s special education programs for children with developmental disabilities, including autism; support services for their families; and training for professionals in the field. Ms. Bloch was honored for her recent retirement after more than 40 years of pioneering work in the field of early intervention and education.


“VCLC is dedicated to providing the quality special education programs that are essential to the development of young children with delays,” said Janice Friedman, VCLC’s CEO and Andrea Rieger ,CFO in a joint statement. “Once again, our friends, families and the surrounding community have come together to ensure the continued success of this event.”


Each year, “Laughter for Children’s Sake” provides guests with three comedic acts from television, stage and/or screen, along with delicious food, open bar, and great silent auction and raffle prizes.

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February 2009 Variety Child Learning Center has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Newsday Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The funding will support VCLC’s Early Intervention Program, which provides evaluations and a full range of intervention services for infants and toddlers, from birth to three years of age, with developmental disabilities, including autism.

VCLC’s innovative early intervention program offers services that include: evaluations, special education, behavior management, and speech, language, occupational and physical therapies. Services for children are provided at VCLC, in the home, or at a community site such as day care centers. VCLC also offers parental support, including: educational and support groups, counseling and service coordination. Newsday’s generous donation will go toward supporting all of these services.

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January 2009, Variety Child Learning Center awarded $15,000 grant from The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation. This grant was made upon recommendation by Al LaRosa, a director of the foundation and long standing resident of Jericho.

The mission of the Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation is to have a direct and measurable impact on the quality of individual lives, either through direct sponsorship and/or innovative program design and development. The funding will support VCLC’s Early Intervention Program, which provides evaluations and a full range of intervention services for infants and toddlers, from birth to three years of age. Services are provided at the center, at home, or a day care site. The program also offers parent support and education groups, counseling and service coordination.

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July 2008, Variety Child Learning Center Announces New Principal
Judy Tabak took over the position of principal at Syosset based Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) in July 2008 after most recently serving as Assistant Principal. Ms. Tabak joined the staff at VCLC in 1980 with several years of experience as an elementary school teacher in the public school system and in nursery schools.

As the principal of preschool through second grade special education programs, Ms. Tabak oversees special education teachers; occupational, physical and speech therapists; psychologists; social workers; a nurse and teacher aides who work with almost 500 young children with developmental disabilities, including autism. Ms. Tabak holds a School Administration and Supervisor certificate and an MS in Special Education from C.W. Post, a BA in Education from Brooklyn College and has led a number of professional training seminars and workshops at VCLC’s Lufrano Training Center.

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July 2008, VCLC & Judith Bloch inducted into channel Thirteen/WNET New York & WLIW21’s Community Hall of Fame
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) and CEO/Founder Judith S. Bloch were inducted into Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21’s Community Hall of Fame The ceremony that took place on July 9th. This honor was instituted by the Channel Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21’s Community Advisory Boards ‘to recognize exemplary efforts in the fields of the … education and social concerns that are related to the stations' … mission to educate, enlighten and inform’.

Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO of VCLC, was one of the first professionals in the nation to recognize the need for early identification and services for young children with learning, language and behavior problems. A pioneer in the field, she established a preschool for these children, created programs in collaboration with families, and is an outspoken and active advocate for national public policy changes. Since being founded in 1966, VCLC has provided evaluations, special education and therapeutic services to thousands of young children with developmental disabilities, including autism, and support services to their families.

Congratulations and Thank you, to VCLC staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and donors, for their support and excellent work!


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June 2008, Senator Kemp Hannon Secures $7,500 for Variety Child Learning Center
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon has secured a $7,500 legislative grant for Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) in support of its Pediatric Resident Training Program. VCLC, in partnership with Winthrop Hospital, runs the program to provide pediatric residents with an in-depth overview of early childhood developmental disabilities, including autism, the important role families play in identification, and government entitlements.

The Pediatric Resident Training Program provides pediatric residents from Winthrop with an opportunity to observe young children with developmental disabilities, speak with their parents and acquire essential information about early childhood developmental milestones and delays. The program is centered on the belief that improving future pediatrician’s early recognition of the signs of autism and other developmental disabilities will lead to young children having earlier access to special programs and services.

“We are very grateful for the continued support of Senator Hannon and his dedication to serving children with developmental disabilities, including autism” said Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder & CEO.


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June 2008, Senator Carl L. Marcellino Secures $25,000 for VCLC
The funding will support VCLC’s Family Center; a weekly program that helps families of children with special needs receive respite while providing closely supervised recreational activities for the children. VCLC respite programs serve children three to ten years of age, and their siblings. The Family Center offers a unique blend of services that provide a full day of socialization for children in a safe environment.

“Thanks to Senator Marcellino’s commitment to serve children with special needs and their families, his office has generously secured over $200,000 for Variety Child Learning Center since 1997” explains Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO.

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June 2008, VCLC celebrates with year end activites
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) held its end of the year activities for nursery and kindergarten through second grade classes in separate ceremonies in June. Over 200 families and friends proudly gathered to watch the children march and sing in celebration of the accomplishments of the academic year. Also in attendance were Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs and Councilwoman Rose Marie Walker who spoke their praises about the therapeutic work being done at the Center. In giving her address, retiring VCLC principal Sunny Holmes became emotional as she expressed her wish that the children continue to receive the love and respect in their lives that they’d received while at VCLC.

“It is always an emotional and rewarding experience to see how much our children have achieved as they prepare to move on. Special Day and Graduation are a testimony to the importance of an early start and a partnership between professionals and parents.” -Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO of VCLC

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May 2008, A Time for Georgia showcased at the Sprout Film Festival
On May 11th, A Time for Georgia, a VCLC original award-winning documentary, was showcased at the Sprout Film Festival in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's New Uris Education Center in New York City. The film, which focuses on a preschooler with autism, demonstrates the value of an early educational start for children with developmental disabilities and identifies the need for further research. A Time for Georgia premiered at the White House Conference for Children in 1970 where Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder and CEO, successfully rallied for federal legislation which later became known as IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Sprout Film Festival selected A Time for Georgia for its early impact on national policy and entitlements for children.


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April 2008, Newsday Charities awards VCLC $20,000 grant
This funding will support VCLC’s Early Intervention Program, which provides evaluations and a full range of intervention services for infants and toddlers, from birth to three years of age, with developmental disabilities, including autism.

Newsday’s generous donation will go toward services that include: evaluations, special education, behavior management, and speech, language, occupational and physical therapies. Services are provided at VCLC, in the home, or a day care site. VCLC’s innovative approach to early intervention also offers parental support including educational and support groups, counseling and service coordination.
“Like VCLC, Newsday is devoted to playing a meaningful part in shaping the future of our region. The investments we make today help to ensure our region’s health and well-being for years to come”, Deidra Parrish-Williams, Newsday Community Affairs & Media Relations. “Newsday is pleased to continue its support of Variety Child Learning Center and we wish [them] further success”.



“Variety Child Learning Center acknowledges, with great appreciation, Newsday’s efforts in the communities it serves and, we are thankful for their continued support of our mission”, Judith Bloch, Founder & CEO.


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February 2008, VCLC receives $10,000 from the SK Memorial Foundation
This funding represents proceeds from the Foundation’s tenth annual Children’s Charities Golf Tournament.

The funding has been designated to support VCLC’s Early Intervention Program, which provides evaluations, special education and therapeutic services to infants and toddlers (birth to three years) with developmental disabilities, including autism. The program also offers parent support and education groups, counseling and service coordination.

Since 2000, The SK Memorial Foundation, an organization originated in honor of the memory of the founder’s close friend, Steve Kaplan, has supported Variety with donations of $90,000 to benefit Variety’s programs and services.

“Thanks to the Foundation’s steadfast support throughout the years, a significant difference has been made in the lives of thousands of children with special needs and their families,” said Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO.”


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February 2008, Garden City Community Fund of United Way of LI awards $1000 to VCLC
The Garden City Community Fund and VCLC have enjoyed a long-term relationship that has remained strong for over 30 years. This most recent donation will go toward the continued enhancement of VCLC’s programs and services for children with developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families.

“United Way of Long Island values our partnership with Variety Child Learning Center and realizes it takes an entire community working together to change lives and shape communities. Congratulations on the award and all the best as you continue serving people in need”, Christopher M. Hahn, President and CEO.

“We feel a great deal of gratitude to our friends at the Garden City Community Fund”, said Judith Bloch, CEO and Founder. “Their generosity enables us to continue to reach out to those who need it most.”


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January 2008, VCLC awarded $1,500 grant from Target
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a $1,500 grant from Target in support of its LIL EASY (Early Arts Starts for Youngsters) program. LIL EASY is a cultural arts program which provides opportunities for children, 3-7 years of age, and their families to enjoy cultural art experiences that include music, storytelling, puppets, clowns and more. Programs take place once a month on Saturdays and are open to children with and without disabilities.

The grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5% of its income to organizations that support education, the arts and safe families and communities. Today that translates to $3 million every week.

“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our grant-making program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Variety Child Learning Center as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

“We are so grateful to Target and its support of the LIL EASY program. This grant will make a significant difference in the lives of young children with special needs and their families,” said Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO.”


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September 2007, NYS Assemblyman Walker sponsored $2,000 grant for VCLC
New York State Assemblyman Robert Walker has sponsored a $2,000 legislative grant for Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) in support of our kindergarten classroom renovations.

To increase the likelihood of improved educational, physical and social outcomes for young children, VCLC is renovating classrooms and therapy rooms for its autism spectrum disorders program. By providing specially designed areas, the classrooms will be able to appropriately accommodate a variety of interventions and activities. In addition, by reconfiguring space and observational devises, parents, who are considered partners in their children’s education and are always welcome without appointments, will have greater ability to observe, from outside the classrooms, special education teacher’s and therapist’s methods and interventions. And as a result, parents will be able to implement these techniques at home and in the community.

“We are very grateful to Assemblyman Walker for his continued support and partnership.” said Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder & CEO, “Thanks to him, children on Long Island with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families will have a brighter future.”


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July 2007, Rapp Collins employees raise $1,255 to benefit VCLC
The employees of Rapp Collins New York, a global full-service direct marketing agency, raised $1,255 at their March fundraiser to benefit Variety Child Learning Center’s Early Intervention Program.

Variety Child Learning Center was selected by the Rapp Collins’ Philanthropic Committee to be the beneficiary of their March employee fundraiser. The event was held on March 21, 2007 at the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York City. Employees and their families enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of ice skating and fun while supporting young children with developmental disabilities.
The funding has been designated to support Variety’s Early Intervention Program, which provides evaluations and special education and therapeutic services to infants and toddlers (birth to three years) with developmental disabilities, including autism. The program also offers support and training to their families.

“We are so grateful to the employees of Rapp Collins New York. Their philanthropic efforts will make a significant difference in the lives of young children with special needs and their families,” said Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO.”


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June 2007, NYS Senator Hannon sponsored $10,000.00 legislative grant for VCLC 's Pediatric Resident Training Program
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon has sponsored a $10,000.00 legislative grant for Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) in support of their Pediatric Resident Training Program. The goal of the program, which is a collaborative effort between VCLC and Winthrop Hospital, is to provide pediatric residents with an in depth overview of early childhood developmental disabilities, including autism, the important role families play in identification and government entitlements.

Winthrop pediatric residents come to VCLC’s facility in Syosset as part of their rotation in behavioral pediatrics. VCLC’s training program, which is run monthly, provides them with an opportunity to observe young children with developmental disabilities, speak with their parents and acquire essential information about early childhood developmental milestones and disabilities. By improving future pediatrician’s early recognition of the signs of autism and other developmental disabilities, it is believed that young children will have earlier access to special programs and services and therefore improved social, emotional and educational outcomes.

“Thanks to Senator Hannon, children on Long Island with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families will have a brighter future.” said Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder & CEO. “We are very grateful for his continued support and partnership.”


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June 2007, NYS Senator Carl L. Marcellino sponsors $25,000 legislative grant for VCLC
These funds will be used to support VCLC’s Family Center Program, which provides a full day of recreation and socialization to children 4 to 12 years of age with developmental disabilities and their siblings. It is offered to families in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties on Sundays throughout the year. The program offers children a day full of arts and crafts, music, computers and gym in a carefully supervised, safe environment led by a dedicated and professional staff of behavior specialists, special education teachers, trained volunteers, a registered nurse and clinical social worker.

Families use their free time as a much needed respite from the care of their child with disabilities or to spend focused time with his/her sibling. Parents consider this program a time to gather their strength for the upcoming week. As one parent noted, it is a “… chance to recharge our batteries and take time out for ourselves”.

Since 1997, Senator Marcellino has secured over $215,000 in appropriations to benefit VCLC.” explains Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO, “It is thanks to his efforts and support that VCLC will continue to provide quality services to more than one thousand children with special needs and their families each year.”



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June 1, 2007, VCLC’s Principal, Sunny Holmes Named “Advocate of the Year.”
The “Margo O’Connor Advocate of the Year Award 2007” was presented to Sunny Holmes, VCLC principal, by the Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc at the Stand for Children Celebration held at Eisenhower Park. This honor is awarded in memory of Margo O’Connor, a noted Nassau County child advocate.

Ms Holmes received the award due to her dedication to providing the best possible education and care for young children with developmental disabilities and their families as principal of the preschool through second grade special education programs at VCLC. Ms. Holmes is well known for her compassion, innovation, administrative skills and as an exceptional hands-on principal. She is also a leader in special education professional associations and is credited with developing a wide-ranging series of presentations for parents and professionals.

Thousands of parents, children and professionals have and continue to benefit from her passion and vision,” said Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder & CEO. “From her reassuring demeanor and gentle smile to her trusted counsel, she is a treasure to us all.”


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May 10, 2007, VCLC Parent “All that Glitters” Fashion Show Raises $41,000
Variety Child Learning Center held their second annual, “All That Glitters” Fashion Show at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The devoted committee, comprised of current and alumni parents, successfully raised more than $41,000 through journal ads, raffles, and contributions – all to benefit the programs and services offered to young children with special needs, along with their families.

Sunny Homes, Principal, was honored for her many years of service at Variety, and her dedication to providing the best care and education to young children with developmental disabilities and autism.

“Throughout my many years at the school, I continue to experience growth both personally and professionally,” Sunny explains. “I am truly overwhelmed by this tribute, and words simply cannot express my appreciation to all the parents and staff who participated.”

Fashions were provided by DUO of Syosset, and Vasilous Women’s Boutique, Plainview. Parents and staff generously modeled the beautiful clothing designs.


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May 2007, VCLC fundraiser raises $93,000
VCLC held their Fifth Annual “Laughter For Children’s Sake” fundraising event at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY March 30, 2007. The evening, which raised $93,000, provided guests with three comedic acts from television, stage and movies, along with fine dining, open bar, and great silent auction prizes and raffles. All proceeds benefit VCLC’s special education programs for children with autism and developmental disabilities - along with support for families.

Thanks to the support of the community and friends, the evening truly was a great success,” explains Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO of Variety. “With the number of children with developmental disabilities on the rise, enhancement of special education programs is essential to better assist in our children’s future. The success of this event will help us to guide children in becoming the best they can be.”

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May 2007, $20,000 grant awarded to VCLC through Newsday
Through the support of Newsday Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, a $20,000 grant has recently been awarded to Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC). This grant will provide funding for a toddler group, for children ages 20 months to three, with significant delays or on the PDD/Autism Spectrum.


With the support of this grant, VCLC will continue its Early Intervention center based toddler development group,” explains Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO of VCLC. “By providing these special services as early as possible, the need for later special education is reduced.”<p>
Newsday Charities is a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. It raises money through two annual reader campaigns in Newsday and disburses nearly 1 million dollars to local non-profit organizations serving children at risk. Newsday Charities has disbursed nearly 5 million dollars.


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March 2007, VCLC received a grant of $100,000 from Gladys Brooks Foundation
Variety Child Learning Center has received a grant of $100,000 from the Gladys Brooks Foundation. This funding will enable staff to utilize current technology to efficiently and accurately develop, track, and report each child’s individual educational goals and progress while promoting a more efficient use of valuable resources.

Thanks to the funding generously provided by the Gladys Brooks Foundation, we will continue to enhance our ability to communicate and share information with family and team members,” explains Judith S. Bloch, Founder/CEO Variety.


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January 2007, SK Memorial Foundation awards VCLC $15,000< /b>
A $15,000 grant has been awarded to Variety Child Learning Center from the SK Memorial Foundation. This funding represents proceeds from the Foundation’s ninth annual Children’s Charities Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

The funding has been designated to support Variety’s Early Intervention Program, a program that provides evaluations and special education and therapeutic services to infants and toddlers (birth to three years) with developmental disabilities, including autism. The program also offers parents the opportunity to participate in educational groups, receive services that provide information, and join support groups.

Since 2000, The SK Memorial Foundation, an organization originated in honor of the memory of the founder’s close friend, Steve Kaplan, has supported Variety with donations of $80,000 to benefit Variety’s programs and services.

Thanks to the Foundation’s steadfast support throughout the years, a significant difference has been made in the lives of thousands of children with special needs and their families,” said Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO.”


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November 2006, VCLC awarded $10,000.00 grant from NYS Senator Kemp Hannon
Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC) has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant from a Legislative Budget item sponsored by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon. This is the second such item Senator Hannon has committed to support a collaborative program between VCLC and Winthrop University Hospital.

As part of Winthrop’s pediatric rotation, residents visit VCLC to participate in training a training which increase awareness and understanding of “Red Flag” behaviors for developmental disabilities, including autism; the value of early intervention; resources and government entitlements for early intervention and special education; collaboration with parents; and use of screening instruments when parents voice concerns about their child’s development.

It is imperative that pediatricians, often a family’s first resource for help, are prepared to recognize developmental disabilities and recommend available community resources,” said Judith Bloch, Founder/CEO of VCLC. “Thanks to Senator Hannon’s grant commitment, this program will continue to reach into our communities to improve the lives of young children and their families.”

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