• 2019-2020 CACC Annual Report

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    Critchlow Adkins: A Community Success Story


    “Janice Adkins and Happy Critchlow made the connection between the quality and availability of child care and a successful future for Talbot County 50 years ago…”

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    CACC St. Michaels receives grant from PNC Bank

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    Local Businesses Sponsor Poinsettia Fundraiser

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    CACC Helps Bridge Childcare Cost Gap

    Talbot Interfaith Shelter has proudly partnered with Critchlow Adkins to help families in need bridge the childcare cost gap and ensure that they can afford safe and stellar care for their children while they work to support their families.  This was recently featured on WMDT.  

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    Easton Economic Interview with Cristy Morrell

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    Partnership with Talbot Interfaith Shelter

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    Conor’s Project Skeet Shoot

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    Conor’s Project and CACC Donate Lifejackets to Pickering Creek

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    2018-2019 CACC Annual Report

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    2019 Cornhole Tournament Sponsors

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    CACC Elects New Board Members

    Hugh Adkins and Andrew Walsworth have joined the board of directors of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers. In announcing their election, president of the board Alexis (Lex) Kramer commented, “ I am delighted to welcome these two talented individuals to our board and look forward to having them on our team. They each bring expertise and experience that will be invaluable to our work this year.”

    Hugh Adkins grew up in Talbot County and, after attending college and law school, returned to Easton to join the law firm of Henry, Hairston and Price. In 1984 he was appointed to the District Court of Maryland, serving until his retirement in 2017. He is a past board member of Mid-Shore Pro Bono and currently serves on its auxiliary board. Hugh’s mother, the late Janice Adkins, was one of the founders of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, originally known as Easton Day Care.

    Andrew Walsworth is a Talbot County native who graduated from St. Michaels High School. After earning his B.A. in accounting at James Madison University, he became a CPA with CBIZMHM, LLC in Easton. Andrew is currently the treasurer of the Easton Rotary Club. He and his wife Courtney live in Easton.

    Retiring from the board this year are Jody Baker, Gwen Beegle, Lynn Freeburger-Partridge and Peggy Rennels, who served as president of the board for two of her six-year term.

    Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is a local non-profit organization that provides quality, educational childcare in a nurturing, safe and enriching environment. CACC teachers engage and inspire children in year-round educationally based preschool, pre-K to 5th grade before-and after-school and summer camp programs. CACC is able to offer tuition assistance to many families because of the generosity and financial support of individuals, businesses and foundations in Talbot County.

    To learn more about CACC or enroll your child in a program, please call 410 822-8061 or visit

    CACC 2017-2018 Annual Report

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    CACC Hosts Trivia Night! Fundraiser

    Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC) hosted its annual fundraiser on Thursday, October 25th with drinks and dinner at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, followed by lively bidding on a range of donated auction items…

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    Cornhole Tournament Sponsors

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    Summer Camp 2018

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    CACC Annual Report 2017

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    CACC Congratulates MICHELLE LENESKI!

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  • Critchlow Adkins St. Michaels Receives Smoking Restitution Grant

    Most everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health and can cause a multitude of problems. But the school-age children at Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center St. Michaels are learning that and more. “Since November our children have been and will continue to be involved in curriculum activities and hands-on projects to increase awareness of the effects of tobacco use and to promote healthy life styles”, stated Marlene Thomas, Site Director. “We encourage our youth to stay tobacco-free, urge public officials to take action to protect children from tobacco, and to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco in the community.”

    CACC St. Michaels received a $1300 grant from the Talbot County Health Department’s Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. “We were thrilled to receive this grant”, Thomas said with a big smile. “We see a real need for our children to be aware of the hazards of tobacco and smoking – which includes second-hand smoke, e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco.”

    The children have been actively participating in related activities from making posters to having informal discussions. “We just completed one of our favorite activities, the annual t-shirt contest,” Mary Lou Butler, elementary teacher said. “The children have been learning about the issues associated with tobacco and smoking for several months now. They took what they learned and came up with individualized t-shirt designs for the contest. The staff judged the designs anonymously. We had two winners this year; Ben Chance and Karina Mazur.

    In the months to come CACC will participate in a “Kick Butts Day March” and take the “ World NoTobacco Day Pledge” with a celebration.

    The bottom line is, we don’t want our children to begin to smoke.

    Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is a local non-profit organization that provides quality, educational childcare in a nurturing, safe and enriching environment. CACC teachers engage and inspire children ages 2, 3, and 4 in year-round Preschool and Pre- Kindergarten programs as well as children in Kindergarten through 5th grade in Before and After School programs and summer camps.

    CACC is able to offer tuition assistance to many families because of the generosity and financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations in Talbot County. To learn more about Critchlow Adkin’s Children Centers or enroll your child in a program, please call 410.822.8061 or visit


  • Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC) announces Cristy Morrell as its new Executive Director

    A lifelong educator with a desire to foster in children a love of learning, Cristy Morrell has held a variety of educational and entrepreneurial positions. She established Imagination Library in Talbot County in 2013. Prior to that, Morrell taught elementary school as well as English as a Second Language to Spanish-speaking students for over fifteen years in Florida and in Talbot County.

    “Critchlow Adkins has professional, dedicated teachers that partner with the parents to ensure their children have the best school experience possible,” says Morrell. “We are able to offer such a rich and nurturing environment thanks to this partnership, our outstanding curriculum, and because our students and their families represent a true cross-section of our community. We come together with one purpose, to ensure our children are prepared for kindergarten and on the path to a successful academic future.”

    “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Cristy’s experience and caliber at the helm of this vitally important community service program,” says Dr. Margaret Rennels, outgoing CACC Board President. “Most of us know Cristy from her work establishing the remarkably successful Imagination Library of Talbot County. Through that endeavor, she has demonstrated a talent for reaching out to the community, business partners, and granting agencies. Most importantly, we appreciate her obvious passion for early childhood literacy and education.”

    Morrell earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, and a Post-Baccalaureate from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Cristy is a member of the Talbot Optimist Club, the Talbot County Judy Center, Talbot Early Childhood Advisory Council, and a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She and her husband, Jamie, live in Easton along with their two children.

    “I want to build Critchlow Adkin’s awareness in the community. Our children will be tomorrow’s leaders,” says Morrell. “People often tell me we are the best kept secret in Talbot County,” she says. “We offer such a solid educational experience for our kids that I want CACC to be the first call people make when seeking a place for their children to begin their education.”

    Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers has five sites throughout Talbot County for children ages two, three, and four in year-round Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs as well as children in Kindergarten through sixth grade in before- and after- school program. For more information, please visit or call 410.822.8061.


    The Board of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is delighted to welcome new members Frank Bonsu, Anna Fichtner, Susan Friedel, James Redman, and Susie Wheeler. They are all well-known to and involved with the community and bring a host of invaluable talents to the Board.  “We could not be happier with their decision to be part of the CACC family! CACC is blessed with a strong and talented Board and we are delighted to add yet five more superbly capable and wonderfully gifted members to our team,” said the President of CACC, Alexis “Lex” Kramer.


    Frank Bonsu – Frank and his wife live in Easton with their two children, one of whom attends the CACC preschool site. Frank has been in banking for the last 8 years and is a Linux Systems Administrator with Optum Technology Systems. His wife, Candy, is an anesthesiologist with Tidewater Anesthesia Associates. Frank is very involved with his children’s education and is looking forward to being able to contribute through CACC. His areas of interest include development, finance and community relations.


    Anna Fichtner- Anna Fichtner, originally from Kansas, is now an Easton resident with her husband Chip and two grown children. Anna is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with BFA in art history and is currently very actively involved in the community as evidenced by her service on the Boards of the Art Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Historical Society, The Country School and the Women and Girls Fund. Given her background is in education, she is a natural fit with CACC.


    Susan Friedel- Susan graduated from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., with B.A. degrees in both elementary education and sociology.  She obtained a master’s degree in elementary education from Salisbury State University. Susan began her teaching career in Winchester, Va., after which she and her late husband moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1976. She volunteered as an E.S.O.L. (Educating Students of Other Languages) teacher in Wicomico County, where she also taught Children’s Liturgy at St. Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury. She has recently worked with the Character Counts in Talbot County.  Susan is a member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore.  She has enjoyed many years of sailing with her family on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as golfing, gardening and traveling.


    James Redman- James Redman will bring to CACC experience as an elementary school teacher, administrator and community organizer. James has taught grades 1 – 5 and was Principal of St. Michaels Elementary School and the Easton Elementary School campus. James will be involved in planning the renovation of Easton Elementary School. He is currently Supervisor of Fine Arts and Coordinator of Title I Programs for TCPS. James was one of the founders of the Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center and remains on their after-school program board. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of both the Mid-Shore Regional Economic Development Council and The Avalon Foundation. Additionally, he finds time to be involved with his children through 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.


    Susan (Susie) Wheeler- is a Talbot County native. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, she taught for four years at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. She came back to Easton in 1976 and served on the board of the Easton Day Care Center. Susie then returned to teaching in the lower school at The Country School. She was then asked to serve as the Head of the Lower School, which she did for twenty-five years, until her retirement in 2016. Susie is currently a member of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum Board and the Oxford Community Center Board and works with the Outreach program of Holy Trinity Church in Oxford.