Fall Early Learning Institute Awards
 
Click here to see the recipients of the 2020 Fall Early Learning Institute Awards
 
Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis but must be postmarked by June 21st to be considered for the current year's Fall Early Learning Institute
 
Nominations for the award can be made by any Iowa AEYC member and submitted anytime up until June 21, 2020. Nominations will be considered at the Summer Governing Board meeting and the winner will be selected by the Governing Board. The Award will be presented by the President at the Fall Early Learning Institute. 
 
 
Children’s Champion Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an award to a person who has made significant contributions on a statewide level to improving the quality of care and education of young children. The person can be any professional, legislator, public figure, volunteer, policy maker, advocate, or anyone currently living or working in the state, who has demonstrated an outstanding service or achievement to benefit Iowa's young children.
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate for this award include:
  1. Contributions in advocacy or legislation or public awareness, at the statewide level.
  2. Service or achievement must impact policy and/or develop public awareness of the need to invest in quality care and education for all of Iowa’s children.
Click here for the Children's Champion Award Nomination form
 
 
Commitment to Young Children Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to nominee who has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of care, education, and wellbeing of young children in their role as business/collaborator.
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate/program for this award include:
  1. Contributions in early care and education program and/or volunteer efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of young children and/or their families.
  2. Nominations must include a narrative letter of support including contributions made, details of nominee’s experience and impact. Give examples of any volunteer and above-and-beyond efforts.
  3. In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for two others that would support this nomination. 
Click here for the Commitment to Young Children Award Nomination form
 

Educator of the Year Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to nominee who has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of care and education of young children in their role as a teacher, teaching assistant, or child development home provider, working directly with young children, within ages birth to age 8.
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate for this award include:
  1. Contributions in early care and education program and/or volunteer efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of young children and/or their families.
  2. Teaching/caregiving role must be with children within ages birth to age eight years in a regulated child care program, preschool or primary grade level school.
  3. Nominations must include a narrative including contributions made, details of nominee’s experience, ages of children impacted, and effectiveness in teaching role. Give examples of volunteer and above-and-beyond efforts.
  4. In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for two others that would support this nomination.
Click here for the Educator of the Year Award Nomination form


Emerging Leader Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to nominee who has shown significant growth in themselves and their program or influenced the growth in others to improve the quality of care and education of young children in their role as an early education professional, community member professional/volunteer, or higher education student. 
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate for this award include:
  1. Contributions in early care and education program and/or volunteer efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of young children and/or their families.
  2. Nominee has taken a leadership role in taking on a new initiative, supporting/mentoring or has, started a chapter/state role, etc.  Could be a teacher, collaborator, partner, etc.
  3. Nominee activity extends beyond typical expectations associated with employment role. 
  4. Focus of nominee activity must be on behalf of or impact to children within ages birth to age eight years.
  5. Nominations must include anarrative letterof support outlining contributions made and details of nominee’s activity as prescribed in #2.  In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for two others that would support this nomination. 
Click here for the Emerging Leader Award Nomination form
 
 
Equity and Opportunity Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to a nominee who has made a significant contribution to expanding inclusive practices in early care and education. 
  
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate/program for this award include:
  1. Nominations must include a narrative letter of support including high performing inclusive contributions made, details of nominee’s implementation, impact, and effectiveness in elevating inclusive and equitable practices and opportunities.
  2. Contributions in early care and education program and/or volunteer efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of young children and/or their families.
  3. Nominee contribution must impact children between ages birth to age eight years in a regulated child care program, preschool or primary grade level school.
  4. In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for two others that would support this nomination. 
Click here for the Equity and Opportunity Award Nomination form
 
 
Family Partnership Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to a nominee who has made a significant contribution to the education, development and or successful outcomes for children, families or staff within a program serving children between ages birth to age 8 years. This award may go to an individual or business that is supporting partnerships with families, or to an engaged family.
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate for this award include:
  1. Contributions in early care and education program efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of a young child, children, family, or families.
  2. Nominations must include a narrative letter of support including contributions made, providing examples of nominee’s activities, ages of child(ren) impacted, and how child(ren), family, families, a program and or staff have benefitted from nominee actions.
  3. In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for at least one other person that would support this nomination. 
Click here for the Family Partnership Award Nomination form
 
 
Influencer Award
The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children will grant an annual award to a nominee who has made significant contributions on a local or program level to improving the quality of care and education of young children. The person can be any educator/program/community professional/volunteer or individual who has been an advocate to benefit Iowa's young children. 
 
The criteria to be used in selecting the candidate/program for this award include: 
  1. Someone who has supported and advocated for the work/field through being a voice shaping policy or practice at the program, local, state, or federal level.
  2. Contributions in early care and education program and/or volunteer efforts that make a positive difference in meeting the needs of young children between ages birth to age eight years and/or their families.
  3. Nominations must include a narrative letter of support including contributions made, details of nominee’s influence and impact at the program, local, state, or federal level.
  4. In addition to the nomination and narrative letter of support, you must include the contact information for two others that would support this nomination. 
Click here for the Influencer Award Nomination form
 


2020 Early Childhood Leader Awards
Iowa AEYC presented ten awards at the 2020 Annual Early Care and Education Fall Institute to honor leaders in our field. The recipients were:

Children's Champion
Katie McKenzie
 
 
Committment to Young Children
McKinley Bailey
 
 
Commitment to Young Children
Suzie Guest
 
 
Educator of the Year
Melisa Brown
 
 
Emerging Leader
Ruaa Khaleefa
 
 
Equity and Opportunity
Jana Garrelts and NCJC
 
 
Equity and Opportunity
     
Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) Child Care Program
 
 
Family Partnership
EMBARC
 
 
Family Partnership
Terri Johnson
 
 
Influencer
Tiffany Welch