Sandra Plescia, director of the Early Childhood Education Department at Kishwaukee College, is the 2017 recipient of the Marian Baker Child Care Professional Award, presented by 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care.
In 1999, 4-C established the award in memory of Marian Baker, longtime friend and 4-C board member. This award recognizes individuals who possess the distinction and passion that Baker exemplified in her role as teacher, board member and child advocate.
The award was presented at the 4-C annual meeting on April 11.
Susan Petersen, 4-C executive director, cited Plescia as a perfect example of all that Baker stood for. She has extensive education in the early childhood field and was instrumental in the coordination of the Early Childhood Education Department at Kishwaukee College 18 years ago. Plescia also was honored with the Award of Excellence from Kishwuakee College in 2012.
Another of Plescia's attributes is her dedication and advocacy for children’s emotional well-being and their right to access quality affordable child care. Her nominator wrote “she has an amazing love for Early Care and Education and shares this passion with the adult students she teaches at Kishwaukeee College. When she talks about best practices for young children her face lights up, it is truly her passion.”
Another nominator stated, “When Sandy was my instructor she helped me understand how to see the world through the eyes of a child. This wisdom has stayed with me and has reminded me that children are constantly exploring their world and learning how everything works."
Petersen said Plescia, in her spare time, is an Au Pair instructor and mentor and has been a volunteer for the CASA program in Kane County. Plescia has worked for the Kishwaukee College for the past 18 years.