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Who was Rosie Troia-Baker?
If you’ve been involved in the child care field for a long time, you know the answer. If you are a newer administrator, you may have never had the pleasure of meeting her. Rosemary Troia-Baker, or Rosie, as she was commonly known, was a life-long advocate for some of our state’s smallest citizens.
Rosie devoted her career to children and families through a variety of avenues, and her history of community involvement is long and diverse. Among the groups Rosie assisted : Employment and Training Association, United Neighborhood’s South Madison Neighborhood Center, City of Madison Planning District Committee, Dane County Nutrition Council, Dane County Head Start, Madison Mayor’s Task Force on Human Services, Rotary, United Way, the National Association of Child Care Professionals, WECA, WCCAA, and the 4 C’s.
Rosie retired from her position as Executive Director of Child Development Inc. in 1997. Both before and after her retirement, Rosie devoted much time and expertise to our organization. Rosie strongly believed that administrators need a support group of fellow professionals to maximize their potential in their own jobs. The Rosie Baker Scholarship Fund, operated by WCCAA as a means for administrators to obtain continuing training, had it’s beginnings in “Rosie’s Raffles.” As Rosie never missed an opportunity to fundraise for a good cause, our scholarship fund now stands as a tribute to her dream.
Until her later years when health issues forced her to step back, Rosie spent many hours manning registration tables at our state conference. Participants could always count on a warm welcome from Rosie.
This scholarship fund was established in the name of Rosemary Troia-Baker, or “Rosie” as she was most often known, in recognition of the respect and appreciation our organization has for the many ways Rosie demonstrated her deep love for people, and most especially children.
Rosie passed away in 2005, but her legacy lives on as we continue to help educators have an impact on the lives of young children.
Administrators and Directors of Child Care Centers now have financial support to assist with future training and education they are seeking.
The Rosemary Troia-Baker Scholarship is open to any Individual Member of the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association. The scholarship fund awards monies for the purpose of continuing education and training for child care administrative personnel.
The WCCAA recognizes that the role of the child care administrator is a challenging one, and that center budgets often do not allow for continuing education for administrators. It is the belief of the WCCAA that center administrators can best meet the needs of children when they have the resources to remain current in the field. WCCAA has chosen to establish this award in the name of long time member Rosemary Troia-Baker, “Rosie”, because of her outstanding efforts to provide quality child care for all families, regardless of income, as well as being a constant mentor to fellow administrators and the parents she served. In 1998, WCCAA recognized Rosie with our annual Recognition Award. This scholarship, first awarded in 2000, continues our desire to express our thanks for her dedication to the children of Wisconsin.
Scholarship Application Process
The scholarship committee will review and rate applications based on scholarship requests, number of applicants, quality of applications, and how the proposed request will impact the field of Early Childhood Education. The committee will forward recommendations to the WCCAA Board for their approval of the awards to be granted.
The final grant requirement is that all recipients will create a display board that demonstrates the knowledge that was gained through the training and to show appreciation for the Rosie Baker Scholarship. These boards will be displayed at the annual WCCAA Conference.
Scholarships can be awarded up to $500.00 for an individual, $1,000.00 for trainings that you take and materials (related to the training) that will impact your center, and $1500.00 for trainings that you take and materials (related to the training) that will impact the community. You must be a current member of WCCAA to be eligible.
Scholarship applications are available every year at the state conference. If you would like further information, or would like to request an application, contact Carolyn Bell at (414) 258-6170, or email Carolyn at Carolyn.Bell@thelutheranhome.org.
Application due May 1st or January 1st.