Scholarship Fund Details
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 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, which WCCAA now operates as a means for administrators to obtain continuing training, had it’s beginnings in “Rosie’s Raffles.” Rosie never missed an opportunity to fund raise for a good cause, and our scholarship fund now stands as a tribute to her dream. 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.
Rosie Baker devoted her career to children and families through a variety of avenues. 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.
Administrators and Directors of Child Care Centers now have financial support to assist with future training and education they are seeking.