Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

The opportunity to submit an application is now closed. With the new conference dates of June 27-29, the committee is extending their time frame to review the applications. We will be in touch by the end of April. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

There are three Awards and Grants programs available each year. View awards, descriptions and criteria below. All award applications must be submitted online. The online form allows you to upload documents that are required with each award application. The "View Criteria" buttons are the PDF applications to help you learn what the requirements are for each award.


Presidents Award

Originally established by CAAEYC to honor Docia Zavitkovsky, the Presidents Education Award is a $1,000 award offered to CAAEYC members to encourage pursuit of advanced educational degrees and leadership in the profession.

Docia Zavitkovsky, an icon in early childhood education, served as NAEYC President (1984-86) and was the Director of the Santa Monica Children’s Centers. In 2003, she founded Play Matters, an organization dedicated to enhancing the role of play in the lives of young children.

It is the intent of the Presidents Educational Award to provide encouragement to those members who wish to pursue a graduate degree or credential and to provide fiscal support for books, tuition or general costs of advanced education. To learn more about the award criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.

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Irv Kaplan Conference Award

The Irv Kaplan Annual Conference Award was created to recognize and honor CAAEYC member Irv Kaplan. “This conference is so important! I don’t understand why more people won’t go,” are the words Irv Kaplan would say each year after attending the informative and motivating CAAEYC Annual Conference & Expo. He would return energized and would bring back “gems” to the ECE center where he taught young children and the many ECE students he taught at the community college level.

The CAAEYC Irv Kaplan Annual Conference Award offers three (3) awards for CAAEYC members to attend the CAAEYC Annual Conference and Expo – Two days (Early Bird Registration & Cash Stipend: $450 value). The goal of sharing the Conference with more people, especially those who may be financially restricted, was Irv’s vision. This Conference Award is funded by the generous donations from Francene Kaplan, PhD (Irv’s sister) and many others. To learn more about the award criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.

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Conference Award

The CAAEYC Annual Conference Award offers five (5) awards for members to attend the CAAEYC Annual Conference and Expo –Full Conference (Early Bird Registration). The Conference Award hopes to promote attendance for those members who are interested in learning new and innovative techniques, share resources and meet new members of their profession. This award encourages involvement in the organization and provides continual growth and vitality in the field of early childhood education. To learn more about the award criteria, click on the View Criteria button below.

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