National Child Care Teacher Awards

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.



Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building