|Lake County District 4 Supervisor Anthony Farrington, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Louise Garrison at the 2010 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award Dinner. Courtesy photo.|
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lake County Child Care Planning Council, along with many other Lake County agencies, organizations and individuals, are uniting once again to honor Early Childhood Educators through the fourth-annual ECE Award program.
Nomination forms are available at Lake County Office of Education, North Coast Opportunities and child care programs throughout the county, or an online submission form is available to make nominating a professional as convenient as possible.
Winners will be selected based on a detailed interview and evaluation process that considers education, commitment to their profession, and effectiveness in their role as educators.
To nominate a child care provider online, please visit www.lakecountychildcareplanning.com .
Nominations must be received by April 6, 2012.
“Early Childhood Educators contribute significantly to our communities. Quality early childhood education dramatically impacts high school graduation rates, keeps our communities working, and helps Lake County develop productive, effective citizens of the future,” said Shelly Mascari, of the Lake County Child Care Planning Council.
“Many of these educators have dedicated decades to their profession; their education in many cases equals that of the K-12 educator; and yet we were lacking a forum to recognize excellence in their field,” Mascari said. “The goal of the Early Childhood Educator award program is to do just that.”
The winners will be honored at an award dinner held at The Lodge at Blue Lakes on May 4, and will receive an award package that includes scholarships to our local community colleges, gift certificates for classroom materials, press recognition, award plaques and more.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Provider of the Year (Family Child Care)
- Provider of the Year (Infant/Toddler-Center Based)
- Provider of the Year (Preschool-Center Based)
- Provider of the Year (After School-Center Based)
- Outstanding Special Needs Inclusion
- Leading the Field
To find out how to be involved in this program or support this important work financially, contact the Lake County Child Care Planning Council, 707-262-4162, www.lakecountychildcareplanning.com .