Abbe Kovacik is the Executive Director of the Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. located in Albany, NY where she served as Education Director for 21 years.
Abbe also serves as adjunct faculty at Schenectady County Community College where she teaches courses in education. She is a past instructor at the College of Saint Rose and Fulton Montgomery Community College.
Abbe holds a B.S. in Psychology from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is the co-author of Observing and Understanding Child Development: A Child Development Manual published by Delmar Cengage Learning.
The Capital District Child Care Council is a resource and referral agency dedicated to promoting quality, accessible early childhood experiences for all of the Capital Region’s diverse communities. The Council assumes a leadership role in supporting parents, child care professionals, and employers through referral counseling, training and advocacy. As the local child care resource and referral agency for Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Rensselaer counties, the Council is committed to increasing the quality of early childhood education in the area by providing resources to the community.
Founded in 1971, the Council has forty-two years of experience supporting families by helping them to understand the care and education needs of young children. The Council provides information, ongoing technical assistance, and professional development opportunities in areas of child health and nutrition, social and emotional development, and early childhood learning and development. Over the past decade we have worked closely with community organizations such as literacy volunteers, school districts, and local libraries to address the literacy needs in the community. We have developed successful programs based on the idea that hands-on story activities, environmental print, and curriculum plans rich in literacy components encourage the young child’s emergence into the world of literacy and social understanding.
The Schenectady Foundation in partnership with Schenectady City Schools, Capital District Child Care Council and Schenectady County Public Library hosted the Dream Big read program. The program was one hour of intensive reading intervention to help K-1st grade children at William C. Keane Elementary School achieve grade level reading expectations with parent workshops.
Laurence T. Spring is currently Superintendent of the Schenectady City School District. Prior to coming to Schenectady in June 2012, Mr. Spring served as Superintendent of the Cortland Enlarged School District for six years.
Mr. Spring is an advocate for the disadvantaged and those living in poverty. He applies extensive experience using systems and data to uncover inequities and is leading the Schenectady City School District through systemic change so that race, economics and disability will not be predictors of student achievement.
Mr. Spring stresses that both parent and community engagement are essential to student success and is a constant presence in the school community. He is an active member of the Schenectady community where he resides with his wife Karen and their two daughters.
The Schenectady City School District, with a population of nearly 10,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12, is committed to excellence in teaching and learning, equity, engagement and efficiency. The teaching staff includes 56 National Board Certified Teachers, which is more than any other district in the state, with the exception of NYC. Schenectady is second to none when it comes to the hundreds of course and program offerings including the rigorous International Baccalaureate program and more than 30 University in the High School courses in which students earn college credits. The district also has national award-winning fine arts program and hundreds of clubs and activities to meet the interests of all of our students. All of Schenectady’s schools are filled with diversity and cultural richness.