Thursday, February 7, 2008

Governor’s Office Appoints BCC’s Executive Director of Child Development Center to New York City Citizen Review Panel

February 7th, 2008

New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s Office appointed Jorge Saenz De Viteri, Executive Director of the Bronx Community College Child Development Center, to serve on the New York City Citizen Review Panel for Child Protective Services. The NYC Citizen Review Panel is one of three panels in New York State. Each Panel is to have thirteen members, seven of whom are appointed by the Governor, three by the temporary President of the Senate and three by the Speaker of the Assembly. The Western panel covers the 17 counties in the western region of the state. The Eastern Panel covers the remaining 40 counties.

Mr. Saenz De Viteri has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Care with over 16 years of managing early care and education and related programs. His experience includes classroom teaching, managing private and public 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 levels, as well as coordinated the Child Care Certificate Program, which prepared individuals for the nationally-recognized Child Development Associate credential, which included the delivery of a Spanish coursework track for English Language Learners (ELL.).

Since 2000, Mr. Saenz De Viteri has coordinated a countywide health and safety festival “Bronx Kids Festival” which supports the work of the National Missing and Exploited Children Center and is part of WABC-TV’s Protect Our Children Campaign.

Most recently, Mr. Saenz De Viteri worked with PreK Now, a national public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds, to help launch a national media campaign to educate Latino families about the importance of Pre-school.The New York State Citizen Review Panels are comprised of citizen volunteers who are authorized by law to examine the policies, procedures and practices of the State and social services districts and, where appropriate, specific cases. The Panels evaluate the extent to which the agencies are effectively discharging their child protection responsibilities.

Find out more information about the panel by visiting this website:

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