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

2022 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

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Deadline Date:

01/28/22 - Receipt or postmarked by date

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Awards of $1,000 to USA early childhood teachers to recognize excellence in early childhood education and care. Along with the cash prize, awardees will receive an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony in historic Philadelphia, professional development activities, and the opportunity to connect with peers. In addition, one teacher will be named Teacher of the Year and receive a second cash prize. 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.

The Awards 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 award winners will receive a cash prize, a paid trip to Philadelphia to attend the Awards, and other benefits including professional enrichment opportunities to celebrate and honor their dedication to our youngest learners.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177427

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$51,000

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.

Term of Contract:

Fifty awards are presented each year.

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 for a minimum of 36 consecutive months in a family, group, or center-based program that is fully compliant with local and state operating regulations.

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 2017 may reapply.

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/after-school programs).
- Administrative Teachers (staff who have administrative responsibilities that prevent them from being a full-time teacher.)
- Co-teachers or teaching teams are not eligible to share this award (Only one recipient peraward).
- TLLCCF Child Care Teacher Award winners from 2017 to present.
- Applications completed or modified by anyone other than the applicant (including but not limited to a grant writer, director, or any administrative staff) are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 28, 2022. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by this deadline date.

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

NOTE: Other than letters of support, the application must be the work product of the applicant.

the 2022 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards Celebration will be held on April 29-30, 2022 in Philadelphia.*

*First Up is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow CDC and local guidance to determine whether the event will be held in person. The safety of award recipients, staff, and community are First Up's top priority and they will communicate any changes to the event in a timely manner. In the event of an in-person awards ceremony, attendance to the awards ceremony is expected, but not mandatory. In the event that the funding source is not able to host an in-person event, they will conduct a virtual event on the same date.

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

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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/212983499169171

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

Please direct any questions to Jessica Feng, Meetings and Events Coordinator, at jessica.feng@firstup.org.

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

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

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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