LILBOURN - Alice M. Ryan has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.
CDA is the only major national effort to improve child care by evaluation and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care.
Parents who use child care are concerned today about their children's welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment program, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.
The CDA credential has had a positive effect on the quality of child care. Its impact is evident in center-based care and home visitor programs as well as family child care, the most common form of care for children under 5 years old.
For more information, child care staff and parents can write to the Council for Professional Recognition, 2460 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009-3575 or call toll-free (800 424-4310.
SIKESTON - Cherlyn Hain was named the January employee of the month for New Dawn State School and the Missouri Department of Secondary Education.
Hain is a bus driver and teacher's aide for the school, with more than 22 years of experience. As the State employee of the month she will be traveling to Jefferson City to receive a plaque from Gov. Bob Holden.
SIKESTON - Debbie Rhodes, director of nursing, is the January employee of the month for Hunter Acres Caring Center.
Rhodes has been employed at Hunter Acres since June 1999. In nominating her for the honor, her co-workers noted Rhodes is hardworking and pleasant. "She cares about the residents and strives to make a better environment for both residents and staff," her nominators wrote. "She is a big asset to Hunter Acres Caring Center."
Hunter Acres Caring Center is located at the corner of Northwest Street and Wakefield.
SIKESTON - Jeremy Wilcox has joined the staff at 1 First Realty GMAC Real Estate.
A resident of Sikeston, Wilcox is currently employed at Midway Wholesale Florist Supply Inc. as a salesperson. "He has excellent communication and networking skills and is a people-oriented person," noted Sue Rogers, co-owner.
Wilcox said he would do his best to please those who choose 1 First Realty GMAC. "I look forward to helping you with your real estate needs," he added.
Wilcox can be reached at 472-0012 or 471-2847.
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A new $150 million paper machine will be built at Procter & Gamble's Cape Girardeau plant to boost the facility's tissue- and towel-making capacity by 80,000 tons a year. This will help meet increased demands and to facilitate the launching of several new products, the company said.
"It's basically a machine that will make paper that is then converted into Bounty and Charmin products," said company spokesman Larry Stahlman. "It's similar to a machine we already have, but it's new and improved."
The new machine won't be operational at the plant located at 14484 State Highway 177 until the second half of 2004. The Cape Girardeau plant was selected as a site for the new machine due to its proximity to growing markets, Stahlman said. The expansion will also involve converting and adding equipment to work compatibly with the machine.