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Early Childhood & Education Awards

Indiana Early Care and Education Awards
The Indiana Early Care and Education Awards recognize the best in our profession. Awards are presented at the Indiana Early Childhood Conference to those who provide education, early intervention services, and resources to all young children.  The award is also presented to those who serve and act on behalf of all young children and their families to assure their rights and well-being.  Awards are presented annually in the following categories:

Hoosier Educator Award (Preschool and Early Elementary)
Awarded to an educator whose exemplary practices embody the practical application of Indiana AEYC standards and who shares those methods with others through workshops, publications, or other means.

Hoosier Educator Award (University or Higher Education)
Goes to an educator who has demonstrated the exemplary development of learning experiences, materials or curricula for instructing preservice or inservice teachers of young children.

Flo Kerckhoff Award
Goes to a graduate student to promote her or his professional development in early childhood education or parent education ($300 monetary award).

Legislative Award
Goes to an individual or individuals whose efforts have improved the quality of life for children by promoting legislation that supports or protects children; OR whose efforts have improved the communication between the political and early childhood sectors for addressing issues related to health, education, and welfare.

Industry/Corporate Award
Goes to an organization that demonstrates a recognition of the importance of supporting employees’ needs to have quality services for children; OR which provides a resource for obtaining or securing services.

Sylvia Reichel Scholarship Award
Goes to an Indiana AEYC chapter in Indiana that has shown growth in membership, returning chapter forms to the state in a timely manner, and has demonstrated the mission of Indiana AEYC throughout their community.

Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Professional Award
Awarded to an early childhood educator whose exemplary practices embodies the application of physical movement, literacy and art with young children. Christine L. Fisher was an exceptional early childhood educator and leader who made the world a better place for young children, early childhood professionals who work with and on behalf of young children and all who came in contact with her.

Indiana AEYC Hoosier Early Childhood Leader Award
This award is presented to an exemplary early childhood leader who understands and demonstrates the organization’s mission and purpose in compelling and influential ways. This leader answers the CALL in the following areas:
C-ommitment
A-dvocacy
L-earning
L-eadership

Commitment. This individual wholly commits to the Indiana AEYC mission statement: “…to promote and support quality care and education for all young children through age eight, in Indiana”. In doing this, the individual:

  • Implements deep and lasting change in the field in a positive manner
  • Raises the profession through engaging with and influencing research, policy and practice.

Advocacy. This individual embraces their prominent role as a “…voice to promote research- based practices for the benefit of young children, their families, and those who work on their behalf”. As such, the individual:

  • Expresses and promotes the mission of the organization within a wide arena of stakeholders and settings
  • Inspires members to explore and seize upon meaningful opportunities related to the organization’s purpose
  • Works to influence others in social, economic and political contexts

Learning. This individual uses knowledge gained through their life’s work on behalf of young children to continuously improve outcomes for the organization. This individual:

  • Serves as a model in reflective practices to better the group as a whole
  • Seeks creative ways to improve the organization in it’s current state
  • Gathers new knowledge to provide a clear and purposeful direction for the future

Leadership. This individual guides others in their sphere of influence and creates a compelling view of the future, which electrifies and engages others in the profession.  To lead, the individual:
*Recognizes strengths in others and fosters growth in the organization through collaboration
*Creates an environment that fosters respect for all members
*Coaches and helps build teams to fully develop the organization’s vision


2014  Winners

2015 Winners

2016 Winners:

Hoosier Educator Awards (Preschool and Early Elementary)

  • Angie Blankenship-Wayne Township Schools
  • Marta Glover-Day Early Learning Eastern Star
  • Patricia Kelly-Peoples Family Child Care
  • Tina Moss-Rainbow Preschool, Galveston United Methodist Church
  • Jared Totsch-Evansville School Corporation

Hoosier Educator Award (University or Higher Education)

  • Linda Curley-Purdue Cooperative Extension, Lake County

Flo Kerckhoff Award

  • Katy Brody-Indiana University Bloomington Campus Children’s Center

Legislative Award

  • Congressman Todd Rokita- Indiana 4th District

Corporate/Industry Award

  • Deaconess Health Care System-Evansville
  • Eli Lilly & Company-Indianapolis
  • Family Connection of St. Joseph County-St. Joseph

Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Professional Award

  • Nicole Mahern- Hasten Hebrew Academy
  • Arletta Brown- Kids N ’Company Family Child Care

Sylvia Reichel Scholarship Award-Chapter

  • Lakeporte Chapter of Indiana AEYC

Make a Nomination

Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Awards.

I was so ashamed because my teachers told me I would never make it through math, much less college. This is a prime example of what words can do and the effect they can have and that is why I have a passion for the children in my care to succeed; the suffering gave me the passion. I was the first person in my family to go to college and it is my passion to help others do the same.  Thanks to the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children and the continuous commitment to support quality early care and education for all children and the professionals teaching them.
8% Increase annually for the last four years.
Through the Indiana Accreditation Project, Indiana AEYC provides financial and technical support to over 900 early care and education and school age facilities across the state.

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