As children are our future, it is only fitting to honor those who fight for their rights, such as Ellen Farrar of Elmsford's Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WestCop).
This week the Westchester County Board of Legislators recognized the leaders in the childcare community. Farrar, WestCop's coordinator of early childhood programs, was given a Community Service award for her 40 years of commitment to helping children get the care they deserve.
"I have a lot of dedication to the program at WestCop," said Farrar. "It's a fabulous program for low-income children. It's probably the best thing this government ever came up with. It does so much for them."
WestCop is a private agency that battles poverty in Westchester and Putnam counties. Farrar is responsible for making grants, attaining funding and starting programs that help young children and their parents.
"It was surprising and lovely to win this award," Farrar said. "It was equally impressive that the county legislature took the time to recognize the importance of quality childcare and early childhood programs. The people who were honored have been dedicated to helping mothers work and helping children do well while their mothers work. This county has been exceptional in the past with providing services to its children."
Farrar was inspired by the the legislators who spoke passionately at the Monday evening award ceremony. She expressed her gratitude for their commitment to early childcare and recognizing its importance.
Nine other Westchester residents who have spent their careers fighting for high-quality children's services were also honored.
"In this community, we're not competing against each other," said Farrar. "We're working together to provide the services that kids need. It's not a competition. It's a collaboration, and I think that makes a big difference."
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