We know from decades of research that the benefits of early education don’t fade, but it is wonderful to have it confirmed with CCCR success stories like those of Giulianna and Zoe Podolak. Both sisters attended CCCR early childhood development centers. Whil Zoe one is just finishing kindergarten, her older sister, Giulianna, has become a successful business owner at age 11! Chef Giulianna is the owner of Confections by G., which sells made-to-order specialty cakes, pies, macarons, dog cakes and other sweet treats. We caught up with the sisters when Chef Giulianna delivered a cake to her former preschool teacher, Yolanda, who still works at CCCR. Chef Guilianna started with CCCR at nine months old and stayed with us until kindergarten. Today, Giulianna is part of the Cambridge Program for gifted children and high achievers. Cambridge Programs offer a rigorous, fast-paced curriculum aimed at developing critical thinking skills. Beth Coryell, director of curriculum for Collier County Public Schools, says, “We’re talking about students who come with a lot of background knowledge and are able to take more academic risks due to their cognitive abilities.”
We asked Giulianna if she thought any of her success and advanced cognitive abilities had anything to do with her time at CCCR. Giulianna pondered it for a moment and said, “Yes, you guys started me off.” She said she loved her time at CCCR and was sad when she left us for kindergarten. Her sister, Zoe, is just now completing kindergarten. She has passed through kindergarten with flying colors.
Their mother, Rosalia Podolak, said that she toured 13 different centers before choosing to put Guilianna in a CCCR Center. She said, “You want your child to be in a place that’s safe, but also offers a good education because those are the most important years for learning. I found that at CCCR in the wonderful teachers, staff and the great curriculum they offered.”
To view Giulianna’s story about CCCR on YouTube, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxMpJsShMSA
Brian, Zoe, Rosalia, and Giulianna Podolak