The Child Center of NY is delighted to announce that Linda Rodriguez, Associate Executive Director of The Child Center’s Early Childhood Programs, will be honored as an outstanding Hispanic leader in the community of Queens. On October 14, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will recognize the hard work and dedication of Linda and six other awardees at his Fifth Annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Ceremony.
Linda has led our early childhood programs since 2008 and now oversees Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Learn programs at four locations. Before arriving at The Child Center, she served for five years as the director of early childhood programs at the Children’s Aid Society. She has been committed to uplifting and improving the lives of New Yorkers throughout her career, which has included the American Red Cross, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, and Family Dynamics.
Linda, who is bilingual in Spanish, received her master’s in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and is a New York State licensed public school teacher, certified to teach children in nursery school, kindergarten and grades 1-6.
Under Linda’s leadership, our early childhood programs help close the learning gap for low-income children and set them on a path of lifelong learning and growth. Our programs use a holistic approach that sets the stage for learning and language, and also helps families create a supportive home that fosters social, emotional, and academic growth.
At the Leadership Awards Ceremony, Linda will join a group of outstanding Hispanic leaders who have used a wide rage of skills—business, community-building, teaching, and art—to lead and to improve our community: Esau Chauca, executive director of the Ayazamana Cultural Center; Karolina Tosi, community leader and retired PS 11 teacher; Juan Calvo, owner of Esperanza Laundromat and Deacon at Queen of Angels Church); Mary Torres, real estate salesperson with Modern Spaces NYC; Kenny Medrano, community activist and youth organizer; and Orestes Gonzalez, artist and photographer.
The event is open to the public, and we invite you to join this celebration of Linda and these other committed and outstanding individuals. For more details and to RSVP, please visit here.