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Blossoms Early Learning Center receives Safe Yakima Valley award

Blossoms award In just two months of operation, the newly opened Blossoms Early Learning Center being managed and staffed by ESD 105 has already received its first award! 
The Safe Yakima Valley organization during its annual luncheon on Oct. 25 recognized Blossoms with one of its awards for Community Education and Engagement.  Blossoms was one of eight recipients honored in that category during the gathering at the Yakima Convention Center.  Awards were also presented to three others in the category of Alternative Programs for Youth.
The citation for Blossoms read:
"Recognizing the need for his workers at Washington Fruit to have access to high quality, affordable daycare, Cliff Plath created a partnership with the region's premier early learning staff at ESD 105, led by Cynthia Juarez and Stacie Marez.  Together, they learned that families in northeast Yakima would be best served by building a state-of-the-art early learning center, which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during Mondays through Fridays.  The center is bright and welcoming and serves children 3 and 4 years old.  The model private-public partnership from this effort demonstrates how lives can be immeasurable improved by the right blend of vision, commitment and expertise."  
ESD 105 Early Learning executive director Cynthia Juarez and Early Learning ECEAP coordinator Stacie Marez accepted the award on behalf of Blossoms.  One of the two co-presenters for the luncheon's awards was also an ESD 105 employee, Community Mobilization and Drug-Free Communities coordinator Anna Marie Dufault, who announced the recognition for Blossoms.
Cynthia and Stacie with General Barry McCaffrey Cynthia and Stacie are pictured here with the program's keynote guest speaker, General Barry McCaffrey, an NBC and MSNBC military analyst who was the 1996-2001 director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under Bill Clinton. 
Blossoms Early Learning Center is located at 114 N. 4th Street in Yakima.  Enrollments are being accepted for 3- and 4-year-old children.  For more information, call 728-9860.