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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation since the late '90s. The organization started the conversation about the need for quality child care long before it became a prominent topic. The Foundation has done so much to raise awareness among legislators and communities to ensure children get the right start in their most formative years. The Foundation also does a remarkable job of supporting child care teachers through Terri Lynne Lokoff / Children's TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards. The teachers submit lesson ideas that are amazingly creative and relatively inexpensive to implement. The winners receive funding for the project. It's a real win-win.

Joni Krugman K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe how wonderful the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is. I participated in their event May of 2017 and it was life changing for me. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Philadelphia I felt like I was a part of the TLLCCF family. The whole weekend I was there was very well organized and up lifting. They thought of everything to make us feel like we were the most valuable teachers in the world while we were there. They greeted us and got to know each one of us as an individual and called us by name. They even welcomed our whole families to come and be with us during this time of honor. I am honored now to be an official part of the TLLCCF family and look forward to doing my part in spreading the word out about this foundation to other teachers about how helpful and rewarding the TLLCCF family is. In my classroom I am now sending home "Book Buddy Bags" weekly with the children in my class from the money I received from the TLLCCF family. My goal with my backpacks is to bring family time back to families. These backpacks are definitely a tool that the families can use to spend family time together. I have included a couple of pictures of children in my classroom getting ready to take home the back packs and the second picture is an example of the activities that are included in the backpacks to promote family time. Thank-you again TLLCCF for choosing me and my classroom into your family. It has been a very rewarding experience. Joni Khan BGC of the Sioux Empire , Early Learning Academy, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 30 year early childhood educator and advocate, it is an honor for me to have volunteered for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award Event for over 10 years. In my volunteer role, I am part of the Selection Committee, as well as the celebratory events when the winners come to Philadelphia to receive their award.

Professional, creative Early Childhood Educators play a critical role in providing high quality early care and education. Their value is immeasurable! Yet, in our society, they are often not appreciated and usually work for lower compensation than elementary school teachers. The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award event is a 2-day opportunity for them to be honored and treated royally!

For me, as a volunteer for this event, the rewards I see -- the joy and happiness each teacher experiences as they are honored and rewarded for their work, the camaraderie and friendships that develop with other professionals, the increased pride in their profession, and the affirmation that Early Childhood Educators are valued in our society for the important work they do -- always makes me feel so grateful and proud of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lokoff Foundation is a wonderful organization that recognizes early childcare teachers from across the country and around the globe for their accomplishments and dedication to early childhood education.

Elsa Oppenheimer B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization honoring the memory of a daughter/sister through the recognition of a rarely acknowledged group of people : Early Childhood Educators.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the honor to be chosen this year as a Terri Lynne Lokoff winner. But it was my children who were the winners. We are a non profit that services high risk low income families and the money awarded to our school has helped us so much. It has sparked a renewed interest in math an science amongst 3 yr olds. The conversations and problem solving is amazing. Please keep them st the top of your list so others can help their kids like I was able to.

Nicole M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Terri Lynne Lokoff foundation is an amazing organization. They work extremely hard to help people and to make early child care educators feel like super heroes. Their hard work and dedication is much appreciated by an early childhood educator like myself. They work for a good cause and help make the education world better every year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a childcare teacher and I was a recipient earlier this year! I can not thank this foundation enough for bringing a spotlight to the early childhood field. When you arrive they greet you by your name and acknowledge your achievements! This foundation is amazing and deserves more recognition!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that serves to support and recognize professionals in the early childhood field.

Amy A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be honored by the TLLCCF as one of the 2017 Early Childhood Teachers of the Year. The foundation staff was amazing, they provided an amazing trip to honor childcare teachers and the funds from the grant they provided have enhanced my program. Early Childhood educators are often underpaid and not given the recognition for the very important job they do. This foundation is doing a phenomenal job in helping to change that.