Posts Tagged ‘Early Childhood’

SUNY Canton Announces the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Sergi Family

THE SERGI FAMILY – Pictured are (l to r) Pat Sergi, Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Frank. The family owns Sergi’s Pizza in Canton and pledged $100,000 to name the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center.

SUNY Canton is honoring a well-known community member whose four children all attended the College. President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that the College will name the Early Childhood Teacher Center in Cook Hall in memory of Maria Sergi, who passed away in 2006.

“She would like this,” Sam Sergi said. “For our family, and for Maria, this is the right thing to do.”

The Sergi family has made an initial gift commitment of $100,000 to honor Maria, forever linking her name to the place where students learn to become Early Childhood professionals. The Sergi family gift will be used to help purchase equipment and resources that will greatly benefit the Early Childhood program.

“We viewed this as a way to honor my mother and support the college in their efforts to educate and train the people that would be taking care of children,” said Lisa (Sergi) Vecchio `87.

SUNY Canton has always played a big role in the life of the Sergi family. All four of Maria and Sam’s children attended the College: Pat graduated in 1986, Frank and Lisa in 1987, and Mike in 2000. “It’s not only where we went to school, it’s also been a big part of the success of our family business and the community we love,” said Pat Sergi.

The Sergi family has always been active in the North Country, and they openheartedly devote their time, support community groups, and often provide pizza for fundraising efforts. “This is a nice way to have our mother’s name and our family’s name on campus,” Mike Sergi said.

“The Sergi’s gift is extremely generous and will greatly impact our Early Childhood program and its students,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “This is a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Sergi.” Community members and alumni can help the Sergi Family reach their $100,000 goal. The second annual Maria Sergi Walk/Run is slated for July 26 in Canton and there are other upcoming opportunities to get involved. For more information contact the Canton College Foundation at 386-7127 or

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Student to be Published for Monkey Lesson

Friday, March 28th, 2008
Jessica Limoges

SUNY Canton Early Childhood student Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg is slated to be published for her original game "Find the Monkey."

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s monkey business will be highlighted in a national early childhood educator’s publication.

Editors of The Mailbox recently informed Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg that they will be featuring her unique learning game “Find the Monkey.”

“I start by taking a photograph of a toy monkey hidden in the classroom,” Limoges explained. “Then I cut up the photo into four pieces and write questions about monkeys on the back of each piece.”

Preschool students are then asked monkey related questions. If they get them right, they win the puzzle piece. “I ask questions like ‘What’s a monkey’s favorite food?’ and ‘Where do monkeys live?’” Limoges said.

When they have all of the pieces of the puzzle, they embark upon a search to find the hidden toy using the photo as a clue as to its location.

Limoges developed the game as part of her Curriculum Development class and submitted it for inclusion in The Mailbox after a suggestion by Maureen Maiocco, Early Childhood Program Director.

“I am really amazed at the adaptability of this game,” Maiocco said. “It teaches children how to use problem solving skills and interact with their peers to work towards the common goal of finding the monkey.”

Educators often utilize The Mailbox to develop their curricula and class lessons. The publication is highly selective, and receives a vast number of contributions for each issue.

Limoges also developed a song about monkeys to go along with the game. Children and adults who have participated all seem to enjoy monkeying around.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Early Childhood Conference at SUNY Canton, Oct. 13

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program will be hosting their annual Early Childhood Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

This event is designed for childcare professionals, early childhood educators, parents and students according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “Workshops at the conference fulfill mandated professional development requirements through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services,” Maiocco pointed out.

The hands-on interactive workshops include topics on working with children with special needs in the child care setting, literacy through child care programming, and engaging parent to professional collaboration.

The conference is held in collaboration with the St. Lawrence Child Care Council and the Northern New York Early Childhood Direction. The organizations have banded together with the SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program to create “Partners in Early Childhood Educational Services” otherwise known as PIECES.


Early Childhood Ukraine Meets Early Childhood SUNY Canton

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Early Childhood students from two continents shared a lesson on literacy development at the same time through SUNY Canton OnLine.

When students in Maureen Maiocco’s Early Childhood program came in early Monday morning, they were greeted by their peer students at Kherson State University in Ukraine. By using the video conferencing technology for online classes and a very busy translator, the two classes were able to share children’s books and learning methods.

“The focus of the lesson was on language and literacy development and how active engaged storytelling promotes and enhances literacy,” said Maiocco.

Ukrainian Professor Alla Vladimirova and her students presented a musical lesson based on the notes of the musical scale.

“We are going to see much more of this kind of collaborative cross cultural, cross-language learning as we continue to tie our SUNY Canton curricula with other universities around the world,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown, who was with the Ukrainian class for the video learning session.

The students had numerous questions for their overseas counterparts about early childhood, student teaching, and their programs of study

SUNY Canton OnLine provides a collaborative convenient learning environment for students from around the world. Early Childhood is one of SUNY Canton’s signature hands-on and highly visual programs that encourages a high-level of student interaction and participation.

“It is amazing that we could connect, communicate, share teaching methods, and engage with EC students so many miles away from our classroom,” Maiocco said. “We hope to have more video exchanges in the near future.”