Pictured above, left to right, are Ms. Enessy, Ms. White, Ms. Fincher and Ms. Arntson.

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Early childhood educators Ady Enessy, Tanya White and Marsha Fincher were recognized for their dedicated teaching at the annual Childcare Network of Evanston recognition dinner on May 6.

Nigerian-born Ms. Enessy, who teaches 18- to 36-month-old toddlers at Baby Toddler Nursery, was honored for working “to create an open line of communication with each family [and] always look[ing] for the positive aspect of a child’s day to share with the parent first. … [She] models for parents how to be an advocate for their child.”

In honoring Ms. Fincher, CNE said Little Lambs Day Care, which Ms. Fincher founded 20 years ago, has a “stimulating indoor and outdoor setting and the nutritious meals and snacks she makes every day give children the feeling that they are part of Marsha’s family.”

Ms. White is an early childhood lead teacher at the McGaw Children’s Center. With a Russian heritage, she “embraces the cultural difference of her students” and “builds each child’s self-esteem and creates an opportunity to learn about the world,” CNE said in honoring her. In conclusion, CNE executive director Martha Arntson said, “The young children in our community are fortunate that these women’s journeys – from Nigeria and Alabama and Russia – have brought them to Evanston, where they are building brighter futures for many of our youngest citizens.