These awards honor outstanding and innovative early childhood educators for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.
Early childhood educators are eligible for two awards:
The achievements of all recipients are promoted both nationally and in the educators' home communities. Certificate of Excellence recipients are profiled in individual videos describing their exemplary educators practices and how they might be replicated by other educators. The videos will be used to dynamically share national recipients' stories with the education community and the media helping to promote their accomplishments. The videos will be posted on-line and shared on social media.
In selecting award recipients, the committee looks for clear evidence showing that nominees have excelled in all of the following four areas: