SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- For years, Pat Lanza has been helping Scarsdale and Westchester families struggling to pay for child care.
Recently, Lanza was honored at a reception for the Lanza Investment in Kid's Early Education scholarship awards, administered through the Scarsdale-based Child Care Council of Westchester. During the August reception, Lanza was introduced to the 43 families who received the 2013 scholarships, according to a press release. While parents pay the majority of the expenses, Lanza's support can be "the difference between a babysitter and a rich learning environment where children flourish academically, socially and emotionally," according to the release.
“I didn’t know how I was going to make it without help – it’s truly unbelievable,” said Melissa Senerchia of Mt. Vernon, whose 2-year-old son benefits from the scholarship, in the release. “Within the first week in a real daycare, my son was speaking better, being social, and using his manners. He’s now on a schedule, interacts with older children and loves going to school.”
Throughout the evening, parents took the opportunity to personally thank Lanza and explain what a difference the scholarship made in their lives, representatives said in the release.
“I always gave scholarships to high school graduates, and then I found out that children start learning at 6 weeks old, and how important that early learning is,” said Lanza in the release. “That’s when I became interested in helping support daycare.”
CCCW Board Member Camille Murphy said in the release that she spoke with Lanza about Westchester's need and child care was the answer.
“From there she took off, establishing the Lanza learning Center in Yonkers and then extending her generosity by establishing the LIKE program for child care scholarships," Murphy said in the release. "She truly is a woman who responds to the needs of the less fortunate.”
For more information about the Child Care Council of Westchester, residents are asked to visit the group's website or call (914) 761-3456.