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Awards to USA Early Childhood Teachers to Honor Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Care

IMPORTANT DATES:

Conference Date
11/11/22
Application Deadline

11/18/22 - Receipt or postmarked by date

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ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

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2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

First Up


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #177427

Grant Description

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Awards of $1,000 to USA early childhood teachers to recognize excellence in early childhood education and care. In addition to the monetary award, awardees will also receive an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony, participate in professional development activities, and have the opportunity to connect with peers. Early childhood teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply.

The Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of outstanding early care and education teachers and bring attention to the critical role these teachers play in the lives of young children. Up to 50 awards are presented each year, and each award recipient receives a cash prize, a paid trip to the historic city of Philadelphia to participate in the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards weekend-long celebration, ongoing opportunities to connect with peers, exchange ideas, as well as ongoing professional learning and program enrichment opportunities.

One teacher will also be selected as the winner of the Helene Marks Award and bestowed with the honor of being named National Early Education Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year will receive an additional cash prize. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Early childhood teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply.

Applicants must:
- Be a full-time (minimum of 30 hours per week and a minimum of 10 consecutive months per year) teacher of children between the ages of birth through pre-kindergarten.
- Be assigned to the same group of children for 10 consecutive months.
- Be currently employed in a family, group, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state operating regulations.
- Have been employed full-time in the field of early education for a minimum of 36 consecutive months.

Additional eligibility information/requirements:
- Only one teacher may be named per application.
- Multi-site agencies may submit applications for each site.
- TLLCCF Child Care Teacher Award winners from 1994 to 2019 may reapply.

The following conditions will render an applicant ineligible:
- Teacher Award recipients who’ve won the award twice.
- Floaters, substitutes, temporary and part-time teachers.
- Teachers of kindergarten children in early childhood education programs or other settings.
- Teachers of school age children in early childhood education programs. (i.e., before/afterschool programs).
- Administrative Teachers (staff who have administrative responsibilities that prevent them frombeing a full-time teacher.)
- Co-teachers or teaching teams are not eligible to share this award (Only one recipient per award).
- TLLCCF Child Care Teacher Award winners from 2020 to present.
- Applications completed or modified by anyone other than the applicant (including but notlimited to a grant writer, director, or any administrative staff) are not eligible.

Additional Geographic Information:

Child care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are struggling with the application or just have questions on how to start, please join the Info Session where staff will do their best to answer all of your questions.

An application information session will be held on Friday, November 11 at 6:00 PM EST.

Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuf-GvrT8jH9VkVPuYXctP60xynJXOmdPv

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received or postmarked by November 18th, 2022. No exceptions will be made.

All applicants will be notified if they have won by mid-December 2022.

Note: Other than the letter of support, the application must be the work product of the applicant.

Only one winner per program site will be awarded, regardless of number of applications submitted.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Up to fifty teachers win each year. Out of these 50 recipients, one teacher will also be selected as the winner of the Helene Marks Award and bestowed with the honor of being named National Early Education Teacher of the Year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award recipient will receive:
- A $1,000 cash prize
- A paid trip to historic Philadelphia to participate in the Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards Celebration*
- Opportunity to connect with peers and exchange ideas
- Ongoing professional development and program enrichment opportunities

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Up reserves the right to cancel any large, in-person gatherings for the safety of staff and participants.

One teacher will also be selected as the winner of the Helene Marks Award and bestowed with the honor of being named National Early Education Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $1000 cash prize.

Contact Information:

Teachers should apply either by completing the digital application or by downloading and mailing the printed application.

For further details and to apply online: https://form.jotform.com/222145936612151

Completed paper applications should be sent to:
First Up
1608 Walnut St, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please direct any questions to Ayana Curtis, Development Associate at ayana.curtis@firstup.org.

First Up
info@firstup.org
215-893-0130

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