PATRICK LOSINSKI NAMED 2012 CHAMPION OF CHILDRENACTION FOR CHILDREN NAMED FIRST EVERCHAMPION OF CHILDREN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
LOSINSKI AND ACTION FOR CHILDREN WILL BE HONORED AT THE 19
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN SIGNATURE EVENT TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 7, AT COSI
Patrick Losinski, Executive Director of theColumbus Metropolitan Library, has beennamed the 2012 Champion of Children.Losinski joins a distinguished group oflocal leaders who have been recognized asChampions of Children and have made adeep, far-reaching impact on the lives ofchildren in central Ohio.“Pat has made developing young minds a top priority at theColumbus Metropolitan Library,” said Elfi Di Bella, president and CEOof YWCA Columbus, and chair of the Champion of Children SelectionCommittee. “Through his leadership, he has inspired innovation inhis team and broad support in our community. He truly understandsthe crucial mission of the library to promote early learning and helpchildren succeed, and proves every day that he is a Champion ofChildren.”Under Losinski’s visionary leadership, the Columbus MetropolitanLibrary has launched and expanded initiatives focused on helpingchildren learn and succeed, including:
• Ready to Read Corps, which helps young learners from birth to
age 5 build skills that prepare them for kindergarten. Workshopsare conducted throughout Columbus and show caregivers how toincorporate literacy activities into a family’s everyday life.
• Raising Readers, which visits the homes of child care providers
and engages children in learning activities.
• Homework Help Centers, and Story Time at the library, including
“Baby Lap Time” for infants.
• The largest Summer Reading Club in the United States with more
than 97,000 participants.Losinski’s emphasis on developing young minds, and the innovativeways his team has pursued this goal, has earned the ColumbusMetropolitan Library well-deserved praise from within our communityand across the country — winning numerous awards and beingnamed the number one library in the United States.This year Champion of Children also named the first ever Championof Children Nonprofit Organization. The award went to Action forChildren, central Ohio’s resource and referral agency for childcare and early learning programs and services. It recognizes theleadership role the organization, and its long-time executive directorDiane Bennett, have played over its 40-year history in promotinghigh-quality early education. Each year, more than 9,000 parents
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN AND LEARN4LIFE TOPRESENT NEW REPORT AT SIGNATURE EVENT
Champion of Children and Learn4Life will present a new report,
Franklin County’s Children: A Look at Their Lives In and Out of the Classroom
Annual Champion of Children Signature Event to be held at 5:30p.m. on February 7, 2012 at COSI. This comprehensive report will detailthe most important factors affecting our children’s education and serveas a call to action for our community.The Signature Event will include an award ceremony and a televisedpanel dialogue moderated by former WOSU “Open Line” host Fred Andrle.The panelists are: Tanny Crane, President and CEO, Crane Group; TheHonorable Eric Fingerhut, Vice President, Education and STEM Learning,Battelle; Dr. David Harrison, President, Columbus State CommunityCollege; and Dr. Thomas Tucker, Superintendent, Worthington CitySchools. Support for the Signature Event and Champion of Children’syear round activities is provided by Champion Partners: AmericanElectric Power, Battelle, Chase, Nationwide, PNC; Supporting Partners:The Columbus Foundation, Limited Brands Foundation; and Media
Partners: Big Red Rooster, Business First, Mills James Productions and
WOSU Public Media, as well as individual donors.turn to Action for Children when they need child care and early learningprograms for their children, and more than 11,000 professional caregiversand educators use its resources for training or technical assistance thatsupports continuous quality improvement.“Action for Children embodiesevery quality we sought in our firstChampion of Children NonprofitOrganization,” said Linda Kass,Champion of Children founder andchair of the Advisory Committee.“The organization has pioneered innovative ways to help children learn,and caregivers and educators to teach effectively. Generations ofstudents in central Ohio have benefited tremendously from the work ofAction for Children and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated groupof professionals as champions for all of our children.”The Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization recognition includesa $5,000 award generously donated by Chase that will help Action forChildren further its mission.