(From bottom left: Denelle Rittersback, Evelyn Hannemann, Tasha Davis, and Leanna Lorden. Top Left: Kaitlyn Smith, Kayla Irving, and Megan Keim. Not Pictured: Judy Watkins and Jessica Jensen)
An annual statewide credentialing celebration of Early Childhood Professionals was held on April 10, 2018 at Grace Capital Church Auditorium in Pembroke. Educational leaders and State Representatives spoke passionately about the role educators have in teaching, nurturing, and enriching the lives of children and families. White Birch Center, and its education staff, was recognized in multiple categories at the event, hosted by the NH Child Development Bureau in accordance with the Early Learning Alliance of NH and Child Care Aware of NH.
Nine staff members from the White Birch Centers for Early Learning and Extended Education were recognized at the ceremony and awarded education credentials in various levels of specialized training and professional development. Credentialing recipients included: Denelle Rittersback, Evelyn Hannemann, Tasha Davis, Leanna Lorden, Kaitlyn Smith, Kayla Irving, Megan Keim, Judy Watkins and Jessica Jensen. White Birch was also recognized as a Licensed-Plus Child Care Center and a Strengthening Families program participant.
The NH Early Childhood Professional Development System recognizes professional development while providing a process for attaining professional credentials. Professional development in core competencies and specialized content areas helps improve the knowledge, skills, behaviors, attitudes, and values of the early childhood workforce. This is a critical component of high-quality early childhood programs. Leanna Lorden, Director of Children’s Programs at White Birch, explains “White Birch places significant emphasis on ongoing professional development, quality early learning, formal child assessment practices, and early behavioral supports”. White Birch is an annual participant in this credentialing event.
Nonprofit Impact Award Winners Announced
Honorees to be recognized at Nonprofit Impact Celebration April 9th
CONCORD: The NH Center for Nonprofits announces the recipients of its 2018 Nonprofit Impact Awards to be recognized at a celebration on April 9th. The awards are presented each year to honor remarkable people and nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
“The Nonprofit Impact Awards celebrate the vision, strategy and innovation that we see throughout the nonprofit sector,” said Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the NH Center for Nonprofits. “Each of the honorees has made an extraordinary impact on our state by leading and serving with passion and purpose.”
The New Hampshire Impact Award will be presented to Helen Taft, former Executive Director of Families First Health & Support Center to honor her leadership advancing integrated health services that respond to evolving community needs. Throughout her career, Taft consistently pursued better outcomes for patients and families.
The Board Impact Award will be presented to Mary Susan Leahy, attorney at McLane Middleton, recognizing exemplary board leadership with several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations. A pioneer in the area of civics education in the state, Leahy founded and is the board chair of the NH Institute for Civics Education.
The Nonprofit Impact Award will be presented to White Birch Center to recognize exceptional programs and services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families in Henniker and surrounding communities. The White Birch Center’s leadership sets a high standard of quality, responsiveness and organizational transparency.
The Healthy Community Impact Award, presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, will be awarded to Hope on Haven Hill for addressing a critical gap in services for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. By providing comprehensive treatment in a safe and nurturing environment, Hope on Haven Hill has ensured healthy births and supported recovery from addiction.
“We are proud to partner with NH Center for Nonprofits and honor Hope on Haven Hill for developing a solution to one of our state’s most pressing public health issues,” said William Brewster, M.D., Vice President, NH Regional Market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “Harvard Pilgrim is committed to providing support to individuals and families across New Hampshire in treatment and recovery for opioid addiction. We want to acknowledge all nonprofit organizations who are working to ensure healthy, vibrant communities across the state.”
This event will celebrate the Center’s nonprofit members and its many partners who are committed to the common good of New Hampshire communities. Reserve your spot at the event by visiting www.nhnonprofits.org/impact.
The evening is made possible through the generous support of platinum sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Eastern Bank and gold sponsors E&S Insurance Services, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Merrimack County Savings Bank, and Rock 101.
The NH Center for Nonprofits is a statewide nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the impact and visibility of the nonprofit sector and supporting the growth of nonprofits to reach their mission. Its services include leadership development programs, organizational consultation and assessment, online resource sharing and advocacy.