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Exciting News in the HALO Childcare Center!

posted Dec 7, 2015, 11:57 AM by Andrew Koetz
https://sites.google.com/a/haloinc.org/halo-inc/about/news/_draft_post-1/logo.jpgWe have some very exciting news to announce about HCC!

First of all, the HALO Childcare Center has just received our National Accreditation! This accreditation is provided through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) of the Association for Early Learning Leaders. 
NAC offers programs the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research based standards and evidence based practices.

This accreditation places HALO in the top 1.2 percent of all child cares in the state of Wisconsin; All this is to a child care that serves primarily low income families in a homeless shelter! Needless to say, others are asking how we do it, and Stephanie and Katie, our director and manager, are working hard to find funding so they can present for the numerous national conferences for early childhood education that want to hear about the great work they do.

The second exciting news is about Katie Batson, the lead teacher for the infant and toddler program. Katie has received the Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association's Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award! She attended the award ceremony just the other week in Madison, and was surprised as the rest of the center's teachers had showed up to congratulate her!

All of this exciting news appeared in a front page article of the Racine Journal Times, which you can find HERE. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Batson, who has worked at HALO for the past 2½ years, is the lead teacher of HALO’s infant and toddler program.

She called the job the most rewarding she’s ever had. In addition to day care, staff members offer families guidance and support on a variety of parenting issues.

Kober said Batson is well-loved by parents and kids, who like painting on, and running toy cars, over her bald head. Batson is open about her autoimmune disease, called alopecia areata, which causes hair loss. Many mistake it for cancer, she said, but she’s actually perfectly healthy.

Batson is a “perfect mix of nurturing and learning,” Kober said, and a natural fit to work with infants and toddlers.

“Everything that she does comes with compassion,” Kober said, “because I think she really genuinely cares not only about the child, but the child as part of a family.”

Katie plays with the children in HCC's Green Room.