Monica Stone, director of Signal Centers Cleveland Children’s Program, received the Marguerite Hullander Award for Training and Professional Development Award at the recent banquet for the Week of the Young Child sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Association for the Education of Young Children
The award is presented to a director in recognition of positive manner which encourages and inspires children and adults alike.
Stone has been the Cleveland Children’s program director of 11 years and has provided developmental screenings and early intervention services for Bradley, McMinn and Polk counties.
She works collaboratively with parents, other child care providers, pediatricians, Head Start and the Department of Education to be sure children who may have delays get appropriate care and education.
“Under Monica’s leadership, all staff is trained to meet the individualized needs of each child,” Signal Centers Chief Executive Officer Donna McConnico said.
“She is constantly striving for more information and training to share with staff, but always keeps her eye on the prize of helping children reach their full potential.”
Stone also shares her vision in the community as mentor and leader by presenting at many forums and conferences the experiences and expertise she has gleaned through collaboration with CAEYC, autism groups, Child Care Resource & Referral Centers and many other groups that support families and children.
“I had the privilege of learning from and working with Ms. Hullander, so it is a pleasure to be the recipient of this award,” Stone said.
Signal Centers Inc. serves typically-developing children and those with disabilities or special needs.
For more information about Signal Centers, visit www.signalcenters.org.
Signal Centers’ mission is to strengthen children, adults and families through services focusing on disabilities, early childhood education and self-sufficiency. Programs include educational and therapeutic services to children; assessments, education, skill training, job development and support services for adults; assistive technology evaluations and consultations, training and support for individuals with varying disabilities; training, resources and referrals to parents and child care providers; and resources and information to families.