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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
What a wonderful organization honoring the memory of a daughter/sister through the recognition of a rarely acknowledged group of people : Early Childhood Educators.
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.
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!
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!
Wonderful organization that serves to support and recognize professionals in the early childhood field.
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.