“From Bankstreet with Love”

15 Nov

I just came back from my graduate school alma mater, Bankstreet College of Education. The event held last night served as one-part reunion and one-part celebration as we honored the anniversary of our school’s Child Life Department. Since its inception 10 years ago, the Child Life Program at Bankstreet College of Education has grown into a thriving, unique setting for those eager to incorporate their prior knowledge of child / human development theory into the medical setting. As a profession that originated from the “play ladies” of early orphanages and children wards in 1920’s hospitals, the field of Child Life is ever expanding and continues to re-shape itself. Each year, the graduating cohorts of today at Bankstreet are well-trained clinicians who enter the workforce ready, willing, and fully committed to nurturing the healthy development of populations in a family-centered, individualized way.

As I walked around the room during the celebration, so many of my peers were involved in such great work serving families around the greater New York Area; it was inspiring. In the end, we laughed, we reminisced, we hugged, we even cried some. All in all, it was a great night to come together and celebrate the unique kinship that comes with being a Bankstreet graduate. Like the Olive Garden commercial says ” Once your here, you’re family.” Salute to my Bankstreet Child Life family : ]).

For more information regarding Bankstreet’s Child Life program, please select the following link: http://ow.ly/1Ao6fh

*Official logo of Bankstreet College of Education

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