Accomplishments ‐ School‐Age
Congratulations go to our very own Mr. Brandon Biles, our School‐Age Program Coordinator/School‐Age Enrichment Director, for being highlighted in the 2014 publication of After School Today, the official publication of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). In response to his commitment and dedication in the afterschool community, Brandon has been recognized as an emerging professional and was added to the “inaugural list of next generation performers”. Play Centers, the children, and families thank you, Mr. Brandon, for all of your hard work!
Accomplishments ‐ Preschool
Flowers will be blooming soon at Play and Learn at Annapolis! They recently received a grant from Unity Gardens, a non‐profit organization based in Anne Arundel County that supports the building of community partnerships through the creation of greening projects, environmental enhancement, and education. Grants are awarded twice a year to coincide with the spring and fall growing seasons and Play and Learn at Annapolis will utilize the grant to enhance their natural play space.
Angie Robinson, Director of Play and Learn at Hunt Valley, was recently elected as the new President of the Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA). Angie works tirelessly with MSCCA to promote the growth of quality child care programs in Maryland, with an emphasis on efforts to provide the public with information concerning the benefits of licensed and center‐based child care services. Thank you, Angie, for your commitment and dedication!
Accomplishments ‐ Play Centers, Inc.
Play Centers, Inc./Play and Learn is proud to announce that all 24 of our child care centers have been “published” by the Maryland State Department of Education ‐ Maryland EXCELS program, a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Maryland EXCELS awards ratings to licensed child care programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas.
HV Press Release
Play & Learn at Hnnt Valley Receives 2013 Best of Hunt Valley Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, October I, 2013 –For the fifth consecutive year, Play & Learn at Hunt Valley has been selected for the 2013 Best of Hunt Valley Award in the Preschools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only I in 1000 (less than one-tenth of I%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Five-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best oflocal businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SmartCEO Brava Award
Baltimore SmartCEO Celebrated 25 Powerhouse Women Leaders at the Brava! Awards, July 11
400 CEOs & decision-makers will joined SmartCEO in honoring female CEOs at thishighly anticipated, high-energy celebration
Baltimore, MD (July 12, 2012)— Baltimore SmartCEO magazine recognized this year’s Brava winners at the 2012 Brava! Awards on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 25 of Greater Baltimore’s women business leaders. This year’s winners collectively generate $2 billion in revenue and employ over 5,000 people. Additionally, the 2012 Brava winners are profiled in the July 2012 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.
The Baltimore Brava! Awards, now in its sixth year of celebration, kicked off with a nomination process ending this past March. Across the Mid-Atlantic, over 200 nominations were collected for the program. To be considered for the Brava! Awards, nominees were required to be women executives leading companies that generated at least $1 million in revenue and who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. A dozen local business leaders of Greater Baltimore came together to form the Brava committee and to choose this year’s winners
For a complete list of winners, please see below. For more information on the Brava winners, visit www.smartceo.com to view the digital edition of the July 2012 issue.
“The 2012 Brava winners are an impressive group of women doing exceptional things for our community and beyond. They are the leaders of today and tomorrow — a highly talented group that has the drive to do great things. I am sure we will continue to hear of their success for many, many years to come,” says Craig Burris, founder and president of SmartCEO magazine. “We are honored to recognize such a group of women and their accomplishments.”
The winners were celebrated at the Baltimore Brava! Awards ceremony on July 11, 2012, at the American Visionary Art Museum.
Past Brava winners, including members of the Baltimore Brava! Hall of Fame inductees were in attendance. Five past Brava winners were honored the evening of the event with their induction into the Brava! Hall of Fame. Suit donations were accepted for SmartCEO’s Baltimore Brava! Awards charity partner, Success in Style, an organization which helps women and men in crisis in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor become self-sufficient and employed by providing suits and changing lives.
About the Brava! Awards
The Brava! Awards celebrate women business leaders who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. These female CEOs have become exemplary leaders in their companies and the community at large by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring fellow CEOs and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth.
2012 Baltimore Brava Winners
Accent On Travel, Annette Stellhorn
AdNet/AccountNet, Inc., Betsy Cerulo
Applied Technology Services, Danielle Burnett
Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Karen E. Olscamp
Bambeco, Susan Aplin
Being There Senior Care, LLC, Linda Cromwell
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc., Robin A. Tomechko
BOC, Claudia Zacharias
BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., Carol Coughlin
Business Health Services, Dawn Motovidlak
H&S Resources Corporation, Sonja Hines
HealthPlan Headquarters, Suzanne Thompson
Howard Community College, Dr. Kathleen Hetherington
Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, Patricia M.C. Brown
Jordan Thomas Salon & Spa, Terry McGill
LPSenft&Associates/Baltimore Mediation, Louise Phipps Senft
MAC, Liz Rhode
Marian House, Inc., Katie Allston
PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, Audrey Leviton
Play Centers, Inc., Mona Criswell-Dinsmore
PMS Parking, Inc., Amsale Geletu
Roeder Travel, Mimi Roeder-Vaughan
Sofi’s Crepes, Ann Costlow
WellDoc®, Dr. Suzanne Sysko Clough
World Trade Center Institute, Deborah Kielty
CyberGuyz – Best of Baltimore Award
4th Time Is A Charm!
Please join the Play Centers’ Administrative Team in congratulating our staff at Play and Learn at Hunt Valley who have been selected for the 2012 Best of Hunt Valley Award in the Preschools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) for the FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! Nationwide, only 1 in 250 (less than half of 1%) 2012 Award recipients qualified as Four-Time Award Winners, but our team at Hunt Valley rose to the challenge! Our Play and Learn Hunt Valley team members always work toward making their program your First Choice for Quality Child Care and Education! For the official press release, click here.
Play and Learn at Eastpoint, located at 1005 North Point Boulevard, Suite 701, in Baltimore, 21224, is now accepting enrollments for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age! Please feel free to stop by and visit or schedule a tour by calling 410.282.2057 to speak to our Program Director. We are proud to have Play and Learn at Eastpoint as our 6th preschool program to assist families in making Play and Learn their first choice for quality child care and education!
3rd TIME IS A CHARM!
Please join the Play Centers’ Administrative Team in congratulating our staff at Play and Learn at Hunt Valley who have been selected for the 2011 Best of Hunt Valley Award in the Preschools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2011 Award recipients qualified as Three-Time Award Winners, but our team at Hunt Valley rose to the challenge! Our Play and Learn Hunt Valley team members always work toward making their program your First Choice for Quality Child Care! For the official press release, click here
ACCOLADES and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Play and Learn at Scribbles!
The long awaited, official Certificate oAccreditation from the Maryland State Department of Education decision committee arrived at our doorstep! You are now officially an MSDE-Accredited Child Center as of 12/29/10! Our Play and Learn center at Odenton is diligently working on the MSDE State Accreditation for their center and hope to be celebrating this great achievement soon.
“WAY TO GO!”
Miss Marina and Superstar Staff at Play and Learn @ Hunt Valley! Your center was voted one of the “Best Day Care Centers” by Baltimore Magazine in the July, 2010 issue. Keep up the great work! Click here for a peek at the article.