The Ossining Union Free School District sent out information about one its educators receiving an award from the Child Care Council of Westchester. Read below for more information from the district on the honor:
Synara Okyne-Aryee, coordinator of Ossining’s First Steps family literacy program, will receive the 2012 Joey Award from the Child Care Council of Westchester for her outstanding contributions to children and families.
First Steps serves more than 500 children from birth to age four by engaging their families in early childhood activities that promote emergent literacy. As program coordinator for First Steps, Okyne-Aryee organizes special events, reaches out to families, establishes learning goals for each event and manages the children who attend. In addition, she also is the Play Group teacher for two year olds.
An immigrant from Ghana, Okyne-Aryee has a special rapport with immigrant families whose challenges she understands from personal experience. In addition to being a resource for entire families, Okyne-Aryee often becomes a confidante to young mothers, empowering them to take charge of their child’s early learning more effectively.
An early childhood educator since 1986, Okyne-Aryee has held several positions in the First Steps program including Infant-Toddler Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. She will receive the Joey Award at the Child Care Council of Westchester’s Awards Breakfast on June 8 at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains.