BCDI Philadelphia and Vicinity



LOLA M. ROONEY, PRESIDENT • Philadelphia and Vicinity


Mrs Lola M Rooney, retired from the Greater Philadelphia YMCA on January 4, 2019 after 28 yrs. Having served as the Director of the YMCA Family Child Care Network, Director of ECE & SACC Programs and finally as Senior Director of Child Care Compliance. She came to the YMCA after retiring from the School District of Philadelphia after having taught for 25 yrs.; ending as one of three founding teachers of a phenomenal Alternative Program known as GAMP – Girard Academic Music Program.

She represented her association YMCA and her field on city, regional, state and national forums around Child Care and Early Childhood Education. She was selected by the Y USA as one of 25 individuals across the country to serve in an advisory capacity to help the Y USA to strategize their response to community needs around service to families with Infants and Toddlers and currently remains in this capacity.

 With the State of Pennsylvania she has served on the Advisory Council to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), helped write the initial Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers for the State of Pennsylvania and locally in Philadelphia, serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Early Childhood Education and the United Way of SEPA ECE Advisory Committee She is responsible for the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, becoming a key partner with the School District of Philadelphia in its Pre-K initiative, and serves on the School District’s Pre-K Counts Advisory Committee. Additionally has served as a Grant Reviewer of Head Start Grants under the office of Administration of Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) in Washington, D.C.

 She has served as an Afterschool Ambassador for the State of Pennsylvania and spoke at the 2013 21st Century Conference with the theme "Leave the Lights On" for children. In 2017, she was featured by NAEYC in their Early Childhood Publication.

Mrs Rooney is currently serving as the President of BCDI Philadelphia & Vicinity, one of 25 affiliate chapters for NBCDI. She volunteers within her community: Cedar Park Neighbors where she is on the scholarship committee. Mrs Roony is the Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Greater Community Bible Tabernacle Church and also leads the Praise & Worship team. She is a choral member of the 2 time Grammy award winning Rev Ernest Davis Jr's. Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir; the choir recently celebrated 35 years in the music ministry. Mrs Rooney is the proud mother of 4, grandmother of 8, and an Ordained Minister of Greater Community Bible Tabernacle Church.


Vision For African-American Children

• The right to grow up in a drug-free environment and the right to a safe place to play.

• Every 3-10 four year old child has the right to an early education emphasizing developmentally appropriate practices, parent participation, and African American values & heritage.

• Every child has the right to achieve academically, regardless of income or family background and the right to a quality education in a public school setting.

• Every child has the right to a role model, a parent, relative, tutor, or a mentor whose task is to open  the door and show the way.