Community invited to open house honoring Judy Metzger

The community, friends, parents and alumni of the Campus and Community Children’s Center are invited to a community open house and reception to honor Judy Metzger as she retires after 14 years of service to the children and families of the region.

The reception will be held on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at CCCC’s Center on the corner of Temple and Brigham roads in Fredonia. The members of the CCCC Board of Directors will be hosting the informal reception. There will be light snacks and opportunities to tour the new center.

Judy Metzger has been executive director at the CCCC since 1999. During her 14-year tenure with the not-for-profit program, the CCCC has grown in both size and reputation as a county model for quality early care and education. During Metzger’s service she has worked diligently to offer and expand quality childcare options for the families of the region.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families, alumni and community members to thank Judy for her tireless advocacy for quality childcare for working and student families in the region. She has done a wonderful job in meeting the needs of our community and our families. The new Center stands as a testament to her hard work and dedication to children, working and student families and the greater community,” Board of Directors President Janiel Rey said.

CCCC is dedicated to providing quality, early care and education for children eight weeks through 12 years old. The CCCC provides quality, developmentally appropriate care and education to the children of student and working families. The center partners with parents and provides a model of advocacy for children, families and teachers.

Part of the legacy of Metzger’s work with CCCC is the beautiful new building on the northwest campus of Fredonia State University where the Open House will be held.

Through Metzger’s hard work and dedication, CCCC has been reaccredited three times during her tenure and has added programming through the Fredonia Centrals, a UPK partnership with Gowanda Central Schools and expanded relationships with many SUNY Fredonia academic programs and departments.

Prior to coming to CCCC, Mrs. Metzger worked for 19 years at the Silver Creek Montessori School as supervising speech pathologist and coordinator of services. She holds a master’s degree from the State University College at Buffalo in communication disorders.

Metzger is past president of the Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children and is presently the accreditation chairperson. She is also past president of the New York State Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers. She meets quarterly with the SUNY Director’s group to plan the annual early childhood conference and address issues relating to SUNY campus children’s centers. She meets monthly with the Chautauqua County Child Care Director’s group to advocate for quality early care and education programming countywide. She also serves on the SUNY Fredonia Foundation Board.

She and her husband, John, are lifelong residents of the Western New York area and have supported CCCC generously throughout her tenure.

During her retirement, Metzger plans to travel, spend time with family and become involved in church and community activities.

CCCC Endowment donation envelopes will be available at the Open House for anyone wishing to honor Metzger’s work and commitment on the occasion of her retirement. She selected the CCCC Endowment as the recipient for all donations made in her honor.