Deirdre Greco, director of the Samaritan-Rensselaer Children’s Center (SRCC) in Troy, was named a “Master Leader” in the field of early care and education by industry magazine Child Care Exchange.
Greco, who has served as director of SRCC since its founding in 1988, was one of only 38 early childhood educators selected to receive the international honor. According to the magazine, the designation of Master Leader is reserved for educators who excel in leadership, management, knowledge of their field, as well as collaboration and perseverance.
“I am thrilled and humbled to have been selected for this honor,” Greco said. “I would like to thank the staff and my fellow educators at the center, who use their talent and education to make SRCC a place of laughter, learning, and compassion. All jobs come with perks – our perks are seeing smiling children’s faces each day, receiving warm hugs, and hearing singing voices.”
SRCC is located on the campus of Samaritan Hospital, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP). The day care center’s enrollment includes many children whose parents work at Samaritan Hospital and the nearby Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As director, Greco leads SRCC’s 38 staff members and oversees the center’s licensing, programming, financial planning, and day-to-day operations.
Licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, SRCC serves up to 124 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old. In addition to child care, the center also holds an annual SRCC Summer Day Camp at RPI for up to 60 children aged 4 to 12.
Greco has lived in the Capital Region for the past 40 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wheelock College in Boston.
For more information about Samaritan-Rensselaer Children’s Center, please visit: http://www.nehealth.com/medical_care/sam/Children’s_DayCare/