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Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children's Museums, Education, Preschools

Mission: The TLLCCF was founded in August 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri who died tragically in a car accident in 1986. The TLLCCF is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization is dedicated to making America better by improving early care and education. Our role is to enhance the lives of children and child care teachers and providers in the child care community, and to heighten the awareness of the public to the need and definition of quality child care. We support nonprofit, nonsectarian childcare programs dedicated to excellence and raises awareness of the critical role high-quality early care and education plays in commerce and society. The TLLCCF’s funds have directly benefited thousands of children, program providers and students studying early care and education. The Foundation also recognizes and rewards teachers nationwide for excellence and dedication.

Results: 10+ Million of Dollars have been raised to support high quality child care. 893 Teachers, in 48 states have received the National Child Care Teachers Award to recognize outstanding child care professionals. Thousands of children, programs, providers and scholarships have directly benefited from funds over 31 years of making America better by improving the quality of early childhood education.

Target demographics: children ages 0-6 and early child care teachers

Programs: TLLCCF has been improving early care and education for 31 years by funding child care center enhancements, bringing cultural programs directly to child care centers, recognizing and honoring the best and brightest child care teachers, and informing the public as well as business and government leaders of the importance of high-quality care for young children. Our foundation is unique in that it does something that no other foundation does. We promote early childhood education and child care teachers. Early childhood education is the road that leads to a successful and productive life for our children. The money that we raise from contributions help us to provide significant benefits to all children – special needs, low income and children of abuse. It has been proven many times over that early child hood education greatly prepares children as they enter kindergarten and thereafter. Our Child Care Enhancement Grants help child care centers add new equipment to improve health and safety in the classroom and make positive changes to the curriculum. The program has served many needy, and outstanding child care centers in Pennsylvania with cots, blankets and so much more. The Enhancement Grants have also paid for professional development for child care teachers, provided scholarships through area Community Colleges. We have provided roofs, installed new heating systems and renovated classroom bathrooms. We are looking to expand the scholarships to at risk/ low income children who couldn’t otherwise attend a Pre-K program. The programs benefit all children with an emphasis on children that are at-risk of school failure. Research also tells us that children who benefit from high-quality care and education from birth through age five enter school prepared to learn, stay in school longer, hold higher paying jobs, commit fewer crimes, are less likely to need public assistance, require less special education service’s in school and grow up to be better citizens, earning higher wages than those not receiving the same level of early care and education. The Museums to Go program provides $500 to child care centers serving at-risk children and low-income families to bring cultural, art, music, theater and educational programs from outstanding local museums and institutions to the classroom. Recognizing the need to raise the status of child care teachers and the need for quality child care, we created the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Children's TYLENOL® & Zyrtec. This award acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is a wonderful program. Being a "child care teacher" I didn't always feel that my hard work and dedication was always seen as teaching. I was encourage by upper management to apply for the TLLCCF which I thought was an amazing opportunity to bring my idea to life. I was extremely excited to have this great honor of being the only teacher in my center to apply for this award. I had an idea right away and I worked very quickly to get everything in order to proceed with my application. It was stressful but exhilarating to show everything that I had learned in this field. Once I was accepted and found that I was a Top 50 winner I was amazed! I was so happy with myself for finally proving to myself and everyone that this is where I belong. I had an amazing experience in Philadelphia for the awards ceremony. I was lucky enough to know a fellow winner from my company (different location) that we were able to enjoy ourselves and not be nervous about not knowing anyone. We had a few days to explore Philly, have gatherings with other winners, and even had a wonderfully heartfelt award ceremony. This experience has changed my life! I'm excited to continue the experience and build my project for all the preschoolers in my center. I'm even encouraging my fellow teachers to apply next year! TLLCCF has given me a sense of being and truly has helped me feel like this is really the field for me and that my education and years of experience has paid off in all the right areas! I cannot wait for the future of TLLCCF and to see many more of my fellow teachers to work towards recognized as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation has done so much to further recognition of early education professionals and the need for early education in the role of development in young children! This is the only foundation I have ever heard of that contributes to this cause. What a fundamental role this foundation has and continues to provide! There is such a need to stress the importance of intervention and early education for young minds, and this organization has tackled the role seamlessly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to be selected as a Terri Lynne Lokoff/TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award recipient and I am so grateful that the award along with the foundation exist. The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation exhibits profound professionalism as well as understanding the need for high-quality child care teachers and recognizing those teachers. When I attended the award ceremony back in April I thought that it was going to be a simple award's ceremony but upon arrival I was quickly mistaken and immediately realized the seriousness and dedication that this foundation has created in celebrating child care teachers. As a teacher myself having a foundation that recognizes the importance of the early years and celebrating it, gives me hope that early childhood education can be recognized as a real profession with a real purpose. I will be forever grateful for this foundation and will do my best to support the mission and purpose of this foundation in anyway that I can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor of being an 2018 award recipient. With all of my years working in this career field, I have never felt so valued and appreciative as a Child Care Provider. I was in a tug of war of not sure if I wanted to continue working in this field, but the Staff of this Child Care Foundation help light the fire back in me and helped me to remember my purpose and why I work with children and make a difference in their lives. This Foundation ensures that you know and understand your value and the importance of your impact with working with children. This was an amazing experience and it has motivated me to want to do more and be a part of this journey with this foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is amazing!!!! I recently was selected a National Early Childhood Educator. It has been a professional learning process right from the beginning. I would encourage any early childhood educator that puts their heart and sole into young children to apply. The foundation truly makes exceptional educators feel they have one of the most important professions. It was an honor to travel to Philadelphia to receive an award. My family and I all enjoyed hearing all the speakers, learning from other educators across the United States and most importantly getting to know the people who work on the foundation. Thank You Lokoff foundation for making early childhood educators become a success!!!

Tina H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TLLCCF has given me a huge opportunity to improve my outdoor space. Providing Early Childhood Educators awards to help improve their classroom environments gives teachers the tools to provide high quality care and education for the youth they teach. The ECE field has limited budgets, so any monetary award really helps teachers provide the tools to guide their children in their successes. I want to take this opportunity to express how wonderful the TLLCC Foundation is and how great it is to be recognized for the work that we do for early education. Please see the photos of some of the items I was able to purchase being a 2018 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award recipient.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is an extraordinary organization that brings awareness to the need for high quality early care and education. Their work has reached children in programs all over the world, and has impacted preschool teachers, families of children in care, and especially young children through it's work. I am so happy to have been a recent recipient of a TLLCCF National Teacher Award, and through the generous work of this organization, I am able to positively impact the lives of the young children in my care for years to come with the addition of a gardening area and an enhancement to our outdoor play and learning space.
Michele Doolady

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff foundation recognizes the dedication and hard work of daycare teachers each and every year. I would recommend any teacher in daycare to apply for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Award. I was fortunate to be chosen as one of the 50 teachers this year. I can not wait to use the funds to create an educational project that children can enjoy and explore for years to come! Each and every person involved with this foundation is a professional, helpful, and caring individual.

Susan P.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the time of my life at the weekend event! The people at the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation kept reminding us that our profession was important and valued. They were friendly, accommodating, and generous. The grant money we all received for our classrooms will help hundreds of children be successful. They really care about children and educators. I feel so validated and confident. I am so thankful for the opportunity and experience I had with the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.

Camelia S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that supports quality child care! Was able to be a part of their Teacher awards and the experience was wonderful. Great staff

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first heard about the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation from my director who had seen it on Facebook, I was a little skeptical. My director asked me to apply for the award and I had my doubts, but still applied. The application process was rigorous and in depth. I did apply and was very happy to hear that I had won an award which was awarded to 50 teachers, and I had come in among the top 10 Early Childhood Educators from a countrywide selection out of these 50 teachers. This Organization treated these 50 teachers and their families to a wonderful weekend. We were treated like royals - given a nice two day hotel stay, great dinners, gifts, and a check for our personal use as well as a grant for the project that each teacher specified. We were even given travel money and valet parking at the downtown hotel where the award ceremony took place. Everything was planned well. The organizers and the Lokoff family members were very nice and personally greeted each teacher and their family. We were made to feel welcome. It was great hospitality! Teachers in Early Childhood Education don't really work for "big bucks". We would get those precious hugs from the children and thank yous from parents but to be recognized for the work we do in the manner that Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation did, was very rewarding. The school I work for got a grant and I was able to use the money given towards implementing my project. My project was to use digital cameras in the Early Childhood Education classroom which would have immense advantages, while incorporating STEM learning in the classroom. My present class of 20 Pre-K students ages 4-5 would benefit by this project as well as the future children who would pass through my class. I am very grateful for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation and wish them much success in the future. I would encourage any teacher to apply for this award. It did take time and effort on my part with the application process, but quite worth the outcome as I feel I was recognized for the quality work that I do. I must say that the Lokoff family members and the other members of the organization were very nice. Great Job and Kudos to you all for being a service to the Early Childhood Profession! Thank you again. Lakshini W. from MD.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff foundation is amazing. The application process was easy to understand and complete. All of the staff were extremely nice and helpful by email and personal contact. After being rewarded for my grant and attending a fabulous weekend, which was paid for by Terri Lynne foundation, I had a feeling of accomplishment and pride. During the weekend I was given the opportunity to meet other educators from around the U.S. We had professionals speak with us, and we got to meet the people who work for the foundation. It was nice to be involved with other professionals in the field of early childhood education who are just as passionate about it as I am. The Terri Lynne Lokoff foundation made me feel like I truly mattered as an educator and my project made a difference to my school and my class. The foundation had a big impact on how I viewed myself as a teacher in my community. I am very thankful for the generosity and care that the Terri Lynne Lokoff foundation provided me. It is an experience I will never forget and one that I will always be thankful for.

Jennifer Lee B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I only stubbles upon the application for the child care teacher of the year award this fall! I started asking around to see if anyone knew if it was legit. Sure enough other providers that I respect steped forward and let me know not only was it legit it was one of the most amazing experiences of their life. So I applied. Then I received the application and sat it aside till just before a week before the deadline. I was worried about asking for the needed parent and colleague because I don’t like having to ask for help with things so I almost let the opportunity pass. Thankfully later that day I had a colleague reach out to me to Tasha o me and acknowledge my efforts with our state child care association. I took it as a sign and asked her to write me a letter of support she said she would be honored. I then asked every one of my parents to write me one as well knowing I only needed 2 in the cohort time frame. To my surprise all of my families wrote beautiful letters which were an honor to receive! I would have been happy with just that - knowing how they felt about me and our program. However come to find out I was selected as one of the 50 winners for this year! My daughter came along as my support and we attended all the presentations and ceremonies which were so inspiring! Being surrounded by so many passion driven women was so motivating! I made many connections with fellow providers and am excited to follow along with all of our grant projects! It gives me lots of new ideas for years to come to continue to strive for high quality! Then on top of everything else I was fortune enough to tour the historical city of Philadelphia as well! Such legacy abounds and the beautiful architecture! I was sad to leave! I can’t wait to try and apply again ! This organization is a wonderful thing to bring respect and professionalism to a such an important field! Early childhood educators are the promise of our future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is fabulous! Started from a tragedy, the foundation has touched so many lives! Lives of teachers, children, parents and friends everywhere! The ways they have been able to assist center's is truly amazing! From improvements to classrooms, additional equipment and entertaining programs for all! Many thanks to TLLCCF!

Tina H.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is truly amazing. They want quality early childhood education for all children. Honoring the teachers is just a perk. I was a recipient this year and am ecstatic to be able to add more quality resources to our outdoor classroom. Thank you for spreading the love of learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being a TLLCCF grant winner. Writing the proposal allowed me to carefully look at what I did on a day to day basis, and consider what would benefit my students most. This non-profit brought together teachers with a shared passion and dedication, and granted our wishes to provide our children with new opportunities and experiences. I am most thankful for my association with this family and foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experienced the work of the TLLCCF for more than 25 years and have consistently been impressed with everything about them. The annual teacher awards event is a wonderful, inspiring celebration of the early childhood field. Early childhood professionals are critical to the well-being of children and the future of our society but continue to be seriously underpaid and under-valued. TLLCCF strives to right this wrong by celebrating ECE professionals and supporting the work they do in a variety of ways. I have been a volunteer reader for the awards for about 10 years and as a director my center has received funding to help build a new playground as well as funding to bring in special programs.

Bridgette H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a recipient of the Terri Lynn Lokoff Child Care Teacher award is, at this point, at the absolute top of my life achievements. I cannot begin to properly explain what an honor is was to receive this prestigious award and how helpful the grant was to my classroom. Implementing my project has absolutely changed the way my classroom flows, and the children in my room are utilizing the equipment each and every day. The experience of the awards ceremony and all of the conferences and fun events that went with it will never ever leave my heart. I am so proud of this amazing foundation and all that it does for Early Childhood Education!

Jill S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a blessed to be the recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Award in 2017. I have never felt as appreciated as a provider then I did when I was in Philadelphia for the award ceremony. Not only was I personally impacted but thought the non profit, the children and families in my care were also able to benefit from my award through out competed project. I am so thankful to everyone at the TLLCC and hope they are able to continue to help encourage and support child care providers for many years.

Ilse W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in the early childhood feild for many years, and most recently recognized in 2017 as a national Early Childhood teacher. This is the only nonprofit that recognizes the hard work teachers do and gives us an opportunity to be celebrated and recognized for the brain's we build. The nonprofit is incredibly well run, organized and professional.