Darcy Barber of Jordan, who graduated from Cayuga Community College in 2009 with a degree in early childhood education, has received the Student Leader Award from the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. Barber was the only student among four Champions for Children honorees at the 2010 NYSAEYC Conference, held in April at the Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center in Verona.
The awards honor exceptional contributions to early childhood care and education. Barber was recognized for her initiative in Early Childhood Club activities at Cayuga, including Scholastic Book sales, registering families for free books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and fund-raising events to assist local early childhood programs. While at Cayuga, she delivered student poster presentations at the 2008 and 2009 NYSAEYC conferences.
Barber has served on the board and professional development committee of the Syracuse Association for the Education of Young Children. She has volunteered in the community as a religious education instructor, kindergarten basketball coach and summer vacation bible school instructor.
Barber is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education at SUNY Cortland, while working as an assistant teacher in the Cayuga Community College preschool center.
Dedicated to fostering excellence in early care and education of children, NYSAEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a recognized accrediting organization for early childhood education programs. The early childhood degree program at Cayuga Community College is accredited by NAEYC.