GARDEN CITY, NY — The Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. (CCCN) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala event that recognized important partners and champions of child care. Held Nov. 10 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, the event featured dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit the Garden City-based not-for-profit organization, which began serving the community in 1972.
Event honorees included Matt Cohen, president and CEO of the Long Island Association (LIA). Cohen spearheads the LIA’s programs and initiatives to make Long Island an attractive place for young professionals, to support small businesses and to expand child care options.
“Quality, accessible, and affordable child care is essential to a thriving economy, and I thank the Child Care Council of Nassau for their tireless work to support working families and our next generation,” Cohen said. “I am honored by this recognition and look forward to continuing to partner with them to achieve our mutual goals.”
CCCN also honored Anissa Danielle Moore, a Nassau Community College professor and Nassau County Deputy County Executive for Health and Human Services. Moore’s public-sector accomplishments have included launching programs to provide after-school education and enrichment for children and to support women in business.
Robin Beller, who has served as the Long Island Regional Manager at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services since 2004, was also honored. Throughout her tenure, Beller continuously demonstrated a passion to develop strong relationships with the child care provider community and to ensure the best for children, staff and programs.
CCCN also honored CSEA/VOICE (Voice of Independent Childcare Educators), which provides support and advocacy to family child care providers across New York State.
“We congratulate all of our honorees for their significant contributions to advance child care services on Long Island and beyond,” said Joy Connolly, executive director of CCCN. “The need to make high-quality, affordable child care available to all is one of the foremost challenges facing our region, and we are so grateful to our honorees for their unwavering support and commitment to Long Island’s most important resource: our children.”