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Judith S. Bloch, VCLC Founder/CEO, inducted into Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame

February 2008 –VCLC Founder & CEO, Judith S. Bloch, was recently inducted into the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame. Inductees chosen are founders of Long Island nonprofit organizations. The event recognized their vision, dedication and drive in addressing a community need and creating a legacy of service to improve the quality of life for Long Islanders. Ms. Bloch was selected under the category of Special Needs.

Judith S. Bloch is a pioneer and activist in the field of special education. She was one of the first professionals in the nation to recognize the need for early intervention, establish a pre-school for children with learning, language and behavior problems, create programs for families, and advocate for national public policy changes to address the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families.

In 1966, working as a volunteer with a small group of children with special needs excluded from typical pre-schools, Ms. Bloch founded VCLC. She has overseen every step of its growth from a one classroom beginning in Garden City to its current, full-service Learning Center in Syosset.

“Tens of thousands of children, parents and staff have benefited from her passion and vision,” said Janice Friedman, VCLC COO. “She is the heart and soul of Variety Child Learning Center and an inspiration to us all.”

An award was presented to Ms. Bloch on February 3, 2008 at the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame Sixth Annual Induction Ceremony at the Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale.


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