Awards and Grants

Patrick Romero

Awards and Grants

I hope many of you joined us in congratulating this year’s recipients at CAAEYC’s 2019 Annual Conference in Santa Clara during Friday’s membership meeting. We had a very talented and competitive group of applicants this year.

The Irv Kaplan Conference Award was awarded to Megan Hede of the Marin Chapter, Jordan Paddock of the Pacific Coast Chapter and Roxanne Rashedi of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter. They were able to attend conference with two days of registration and a cash stipend ($450 value) thanks to the generous donation of Irv Kaplan’s sister, Francene Kaplan, PhD, and others. Irv Kaplan used to return from conference energized with “gems” to bring back to the center where he taught young children and the community college where he taught educators studying early childhood education. He said, “The conference is so important! I don’t understand why more people won’t go.” We are honored to support the Kaplan family’s wish to remove financial barriers for members who may not otherwise attend conference.

The CAAEYC Annual Conference Award was awarded to Lourdes Evelyn Alvarez of the Southern California Chapter, Diana Capella of the Southern California Chapter, Leah Catching of the East Bay Chapter, Nell Redaniel of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter and Rachel Tridas of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter. These exceptional members received a full three-day conference registration to encourage their development as emerging leaders in our field.

CAAEYC’s Presidents Education Award was awarded to Leticia Mejia of Shasta College in the California Cascade Chapter. She received $1,000 cash stipend for books, tuition or general costs to encourage the pursuit of a graduate education degree or credential study in early childhood education or child development. Our field needs passionate voices, and we can’t wait to see what this awardee will add to the conversation.

Our mission is to provide the opportunity of membership and the experience of conference to every early educator, but not everyone can afford it. Please reach out to your network to help us continue to expand our awards, grants and scholarships program. Invite someone to establish a named scholarship, award or grant to honor someone that represents CAAEYC’s mission to promote excellence in early childhood education. They can be honorary or memorial tributes. A family could honor the memory of a loved one by sponsoring a conference registration. A family could celebrate a birth by offering a scholarship or grant for a CAAEYC membership in the name of the new family member. It doesn’t have to be a person; maybe you, or a family member, work for a company that would like to be recognized as a champion for early educators. Your gifts will help our members continue their development as professionals and improve the lives of the children and families they work with.

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