The date for Collier Child Care Resources’ (CCCR) fifth annual “Big Impressions by Little Artists” event has been slated for Friday, May 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Naples. This year’s theme is artwork inspired by the natural environment that is in harmony with CCCR’s arts-based program and follows the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Creations by the children of CCCR’s early childhood development programs, the works of local artists plus other items will be featured in live and silent auctions. Rick Gallo will serve as live auctioneer. The event will also include the Family Friendly Business Awards, which recognizes local businesses that exemplify a family-friendly workplace. Co-chairs are Lisa Gruenloh, President of Purpose Journey and Kathy Bamberg, Account Executive with Lutgert Insurance. Ticket cost is $75. For information about the event or sponsorship opportunities please contact Dianne Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-643-3908.
Niccole Howard, Executive Director of CCCR said, “We are very grateful for our CCCR staff, co-chairs and committee members who are diligently working to make this the most successful annual event we have held. There are pressing and on-going needs in our programs that range from partial tuition assistance for low-income working families, materials for the programs and building repairs and maintenance. Our goal is to not only give the children of Collier County the best environment and opportunities to be inspired to become life-long lovers of learning, but also for the community to value the arts in children’s lives.”
The event is hosted by the CCCR Business 100, a group of local businesses that supports CCCR’s mission and programs by making an annual donation to benefit its four child development programs. Their donations help grant partial tuition assistance for the children of working parents who fall below the federal poverty level and cannot afford the cost of quality care and education and provides supplies and equipment. CCCR operates two centers located in Naples, Child’s Path (ages 2-5) and Little Wonders (ages 1-5); and two A Step Up Child Development Centers located at Golden Gate and Immokalee High Schools, for children (ages birth-5 years) of teen parents who wish to complete their high school education without the concern of the cost of child care