PTP President

Center for Young Children (CYC)

PTP & Events Calendar

The Parent-Teacher Partnership, or PTP for short, is a non-profit (501c3) organization that is made up of CYC family members, CYC teachers, and CYC staff, that exists (separately from the CYC and University of Maryland) for the benefit of both the CYC and its families, children, and faculty/staff.

The PTP is a very important part of the success of the CYC, and therefore the success of our faculty and the children who attend. The PTP hosts a number of annual fundraisers to raise money to support activities at the CYC - including teacher appreciation events (lunches, monthly treats), gifts to support CYC operations (like our classroom air filters and outdoor blocks), and CYC community events designed to bring families and teachers together to build relationships.

Participating in PTP events gives you as a parent/family member face-to-face time with other families and CYC teachers and administration. This time fosters stronger relationships, and better communication, which are vital to the CYC. One of the goals is to help you as families feel valued as members of our community.

As you may have guessed, the work of the PTP requires your help! Our PTP has several vital parent/family-held positions, including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. There are also committees for various fundraising events and other initiatives. Every spring and fall, the PTP's Board of Directors sends out a call for nominations for these important PTP positions. 

We have open positions for the 2023-2024 school year!

Please email the PTP at to be added to the slate for the upcoming Fall 2023 election if you'd be willing to help!

PTP Position Descriptions


PTP Board of Directors

Brian Kroutil

President Brian Kroutil
Vice-President Sarah Tsui
Treasurer Jacqueline Kautzer
Secretary Sarah Hughes
Red Room Open
Orange Room Ariel Bierbaum
Yellow Room Open
Green Room Brian Kroutil
Blue Room Open
Teacher Representative Danielle Miller
Committee Chairs
Fall Welcome Picnic Open
"Families Read" Ariel Bierbaum
Fall Book Fair Open
Teacher Appreciation Kate Terrill, Open
Family Nights Out Open
Major Fundraiser Open
Green School Open
Little Free Library Steward Open
Historian Open

PTP Minutes

December 2, 2021 *** June 22, 2020 ***  February 19, 2020 *** November 20, 2019 *** October 3, 2019 *** May 1, 2019 

Typically, PTP meetings begin at 5:45 and offer free babysitting and pizza. Given COVID protocols, PTP meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future.

PTP Calendar