We’re excited to announce that the nomination period for the Apple Blossom Awards is officially open, and we are seeking nominations of early childhood teachers that go above and beyond in educating our children.
Each year in Collier County, the Apple Blossom Awards recognize exceptional early childhood teachers for their efforts in educating our youngest children through their most formative years. CCCR will offer two awards: an Infant/toddler AND a preschool “Teacher of the Year.” The Apple Blossom “Teacher of the Year” will receive an award, a monetary prize, recognition at the event and in the media, and will represent Collier County’s quality early childhood learning teachers. All Apple Blossom candidates will receive a certificate and recognition at the event.
Nominees must have a DCF Staff Credential verification (CDA) and a minimum of two years teaching experience in an early childhood program. Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018, and are limited to two teachers per center (must teach in different classrooms). Once we receive the nominations, those teachers will receive a formal letter and form to complete, and our committee will arrange a time to observe the teacher in their classroom setting.
In addition, and to keep the integrity of the award, CCCR teachers will not be included in the running for the awards mentioned above; however, they will be included in a separate award titled, “CCCR Teacher of the Year.” Further, CCCR will use an independent committee, many of whom are prior NAFC committee volunteers. No CCCR staff or affiliates will be included.
Please take a moment to recognize an early childhood educator by nominating a teacher for the Apple Blossom ‘Teacher of the Year” Award; and save the date for Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 11-1:30 p.m. for the awards luncheon at The Vineyards Country Club.
If you have questions, please call Alicia Browner at 239-643-3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.collierchildcare.org. We look forward to accepting your nominations!
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