Bowling Green resident Corrine Bressler was one of 20 childcare providers in the state of Ohio honored at
the Ohio Statehouse for the "The Second Annual Ohio Child Care Provider Awards" on May 13.
The providers were recognized for their dedication to children and commitment to providing quality
childcare. They each have each been featured as Childcare Providers of the Week, on the award winning
PBS television series A Place of Our Own.
Bressler was also honored at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier last month for her outstanding
contributions to the world of childcare.
She was among just 17 care providers recognized at that event, which was attended by members of Congress,
the presidents of PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among many others.
According to the U.S Census Bureau, more than six in 10 young children in the United States are cared for
regularly by a provider.
The Capitol ceremony highlighted the vital role child care providers play in preparing children for
kindergarten by helping them acquire the requisite cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.
In this weakened economy, there is an ever-increasing demand for individuals providing quality child care
for young children.
"These distinguished child care providers are true, unsung heroes in our communities," said
speaker Al Jerome, president of KCET public television station in Los Angeles.
"They provide some comfort to the families who are dealing with enormous demands in these very
At the Ohio event, Bressler was recognized as "a woman who is setting a wonderful example of how to
care for children and prepare them for kindergarten. Offering preschool for two groups a day" from
her home, "Corrine is proud of the small student to teacher ratio and the individualized attention
she can give each child. She strives to know the style of each child and responds in ways that honor the
Bressler noted a benefit of her "short" commute, pointing out that it has allowed her to be at
home with her own children, an 18-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.
Even after 13 years of working with children, Bressler said, she continues to "feel in my soul, that
this is what I was born to do."
For more information, visit the series websites at www.aplaceofourown.org. Bressler’s segment aired last