BCC Early Childhood Administrator to Serve on National Advisory Group

Bronx, NY – Jorge Saenz De Viteri, Executive Director of Bronx Community College Child Development Center, Inc. has accepted an invitation to serve on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Latino Leadership Initiative Advisory Group whose charge is to craft a model Latino Leadership development initiative focused on developing Latino leaders within the organization and to deliver a blueprint for a broader leadership development effort in NAEYC.

Mr. Saenz De Viteri has over 24 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. He has over 16 years of managing early care and education and related programs. His experience includes classroom teaching, managing private and publicly funded early childhood settings; Infant/Toddler, Head Start, Pre-School, Group Day Care, Family Child Care and School-Age Programs. He has taught early childhood courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as coordinated the Child Care Certificate Program, which prepared individuals for the nationally recognized CDA credential at Lehman College, which included the delivery of a Spanish coursework track for English Language Learners (ELL.).

Mr. Saenz De Viteri is knowledgeable about the federal, state, local and private funding streams related to early care and education, as well as Children’s Health care programs.

Mr. Saenz De Viteri, father of an eight-year-old daughter, is an active member of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and of the Child Care Council @ the City University of New York. For the past five years, he has been an active Executive Board member for the New York City Association for the Education of Young Children and he is currently the Co-President for the organization. He is an active member and Regional leader of the Universal Pre-K Community Based Organization (UPK-CBO) network in NYC and has spearheaded efforts to establish a countywide Universal Pre-K (UPK) Community Based Organization Steering Committee (NYCDOE Bronx Regions 1 and Region 2 which has 121 State mandated community based UPK Providers). He was a member of the NYC Professional Development Institute of Early Childhood Education (ECE) Pilot Workforce workgroup to implement a citywide comprehensive assessment of New York City’s early childhood workforce and he has organized countywide leadership forums for the ECE Community. Mr. Saenz De Viteri has served on the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Advisory Group for the Latino Family Values Framework (LFVF), the Sembrando Semillas Training Plan. He is the co-facilitator NAEYC’s Latino Interest Forum Online Community as well the recently launched NYCAEYC Online community.

Recently Mr. Saenz De Viteri was invited to participate on The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families’ Latino Early Literacy Taskforce to help spearhead the Regional Training of Trainers Institute for long term implementation of the Leer Y Seras (www.leeyseras.net) initiative, a project between the National Council for La Raza and Scholastics. This is a national early literacy initiative that seeks to reach organizations that reach Latino parents, providers, teachers and community service organizations to provide an array of resources.

Bronx Community College Child Development, Inc. (BCCCDC), one of the first childcare centers within the City University of New York, has been committed to offering quality child care services since it was founded in 1972. The center offers affordable service to children of BCC students and the community at large. BCCCDC has an early childhood program, which offers a NYS/NYC funded Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, as well as, a School-Age Program and provides training to individuals wishing or who are Family Child Care Providers.

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Bronx Community College (BCC) of The City University of New York celebrates its 50th anniversary of service to students in New York City in 2007. Over the past five years, enrollment has increased 20 per cent to an 8,900 student body, reflecting the reliance of the surrounding communities on it as a pathway to a better life.

BCC students from over 109 nations receive an excellent preparation to go on to four-year colleges or to advance into successful vocational careers. Programs offered at BCC include Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Nursing, Nuclear Medicine Technology, RadiologicTechnology, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions. NCEA also coordinates the College’s international initiatives as well as the recently concluded International Education Week November 13-17.

The Center has also facilitated a campus-wide effort to create BCC’s Center for Tolerance and Understanding. The Center for Teaching Excellence offers faculty development to promote student achievement and to stimulate discussions to keep the teaching and learning process vital and dynamic. Take a look at BCC’s website at www.bcc.cuny.edu