The Child Care Council of Westchester sponsored an advocacy breakfast at the Family YMCA of White Plains on October 22, which highlighted the importance of school age care and honored Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers for her support of early care and education.
Ms. Myers was honored as a “Friend of After School” in Westchester County. She was acknowledged for her “dedication, hard work and focus” on behalf of families and children who use the over 120 registered after school programs in Westchester County. She was also recognized for her long-standing support for after school programs and her understanding of how these programs provide children with the opportunity to grow academically and socially.
The breakfast also featured a “Town Meeting” where children who attend after school programs in Westchester got to ask elected officials about their after school experiences.
The event was held in conjunction with the national Lights on Afterschool celebration that reinforces the message that after school is key to children’s success and that our communities must keep the lights on and the doors open after school.
Ms. Myers was first elected to represent the 7th District in a special election in February 2005, then re-elected in November 2005 and November 2007. She is running unopposed this year. For the current 2008-2009 legislative term, Ms. Myers was elected to serve as the Majority Whip for the Democratic caucus.
Ms. Myers represents the County Board on the 13-member Westchester County Board of Health. Additionally, she serves as a member of the newly-formed Joint Review Committee at the Westchester Medical Center. This committee functions as a forum for information and feedback on the fiscal and operational health of the medical center in Valhalla.
She is an active member of the Westchester Partnership for Early Care and Education, convened by the Council in 2005 to increase access to quality child care. Legislator Myers was particularly instrumental in the creation of the Westchester County Child Care Scholarship Program, established by the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 2006.
In addition to serving as the 7th District’s County Legislator, Ms. Myers serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Westchester-Putnam, and on a number of community boards.