Rick Davis, co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, will announce both the finalist and winner of the 2015 Early Educator of the Year Award on Friday, October 16 at 12:45 pm during the VAEYC Annual Conference in Killington.
To recognize excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children created the annual Early Educator of the Year Award. Through this award, the Permanent Fund strives to bring attention to the important work of early educators and emphasize the importance of high quality care and early education.
The award finalist will receive a $1,000 award and all expenses paid to attend the VAEYC conference. The award winner will be announced as Vermont’s Early Educator of the Year and will receive $5,000 and all expenses paid to attend the VAEYC conference as well as one national conference. Each year, the award will alternate between honoring home-based and center-based programs. In its first year, the Permanent Fund accepted nominations for outstanding home-based childcare professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to quality early childhood education.
The Early Educator of the Year Award is given annually to recognize those who support the development of Vermont’s children through high quality programs, serve as a resource to the families they work with, demonstrate continued leadership in their field and are committed to supporting their ongoing education and professional development in early education.
“Besides parents, early educators are a child’s first teacher,” said Rick Davis, president and co-founder of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children. “This award will honor those who have truly gone above and beyond to positively impact the lives of children.”
Award Selection Committee:
- Dr. Laurel Bongiorno, Dean of the Division of Education and Human Studies, Champlain College
- Julie Coffey, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures
- Bethany Hale, Coordinator for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® VERMONT
- Scott Johnson, Executive Director of the Lamoille Family Center
- Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division in the Department of Children and Families
WHERE: Killington Grand Resort Hotel
228 E Mountain Rd, Killington, VT 05751
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015