Until we have our child care initiatives page set up and running, I thought I would blog about a teacher's award that came across a twitter feed. It is sponsored by Tylenol and part of The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.
The award is meant to encourage and recognize early child care teachers for "providing quality care and education." The award goes to fifty teachers that applied for it and of the top ten, one is awarded the Helen Marks Award as National Child Care Teacher of the Year.
Check out the application process, there is a project required as part of the process in which you will be asked to design an enhancement project for the children in your classroom. Sounds like a great and fun challenge to me!
Award ranges from $500 - $1,000 dollars for the teachers personal use and an additional $500 to put toward the project in your application. They even fly you out and pay for hotel accommodations so you can attend the ceremony that is held in Pennsylvania.
There are certain requirements and people that do not qualify and for those details please see the application. However, I would like to point out that the teachers that won the award for 2010 were a wide variety from Centers, Community College Research Programs, Family Child Care Providers/Teachers, Head Start Teachers and more!
Don't assume this isn't for you, look at the application and the winners from last year and give it a try!
Click here for the detailed information in the links at the bottom of the page.