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Help Us to Recognize Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals

Thursday, October 24, 2019  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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We all know how hard people in early childhood and afterschool work. Long hours, tough parent conversations, managing large groups of children while still building individual relationships and customizing activities to fit their needs. It’s not always glamorous, and often the work is taken for granted, but we do it anyway, because we are passionate about children and helping them prepare for a successful and happy future.

Each year MnAEYC-MnSACA dedicates time at our Annual State Conference to recognize professionals and organizations in early childhood and afterschool for the work they do and the positive impact they’ve had on children, families, and Minnesota communities. We believe it is so incredibly important to acknowledge people for their creativity, dedication, and generosity in a field that doesn’t get thanked nearly enough. There are amazing things happening out there every day.

This is where YOU come in! We would never be able to recognize deserving individuals, organizations, or agencies without people like you stepping forward and taking a few minutes to share their story. Please think about the outstanding teachers, directors, legislators, advocates, organizations, trainers, etc. that you know, and consider nominating them for one of our annual awards. Your time and words of recognition mean the world to our recipients.

"Being awarded the MnSACA Yvonne Schneider Distinguished Member Award felt overwhelming and incredible. Being surrounded by friends and colleagues that have supported me and grown with me throughout my career was an honor."

"It is rewarding and humbling to be recognized for the work that I love to do every day."

Submit a Nomination Today


Submitting a nomination is easy! Learn more in our Award Nomination FAQs.

New this Year - Apply for the
MnAEYC-MnSACA Emerging Leader Award


New this year, the MnAEYC-MnSACA Emerging Leader Award will be presented to an individual who holds a position in either early childhood or afterschool and:

     1. Has been in the field for 1-5 years.
     2. Is currently involved with or has had prior engagement with MnAEYC-MnSACA (e.g., is a member, has attended or presented at a MnAEYC-MnSACA training or event, etc.).
     3. Demonstrates a commitment and interest in their own professional growth and development.

Along with the recipients of our other annual awards, the recipient of this award will be recognized in front of approximately 500 of their fellow colleagues at our Annual State Conference. They will also receive a personalized plaque, a free MnAEYC Standard or MnSACA Individual level membership, and a mentor, and will be featured in our members-only newsletter.

Apply Today


Do you know an emerging leader in the field? Encourage them to apply! 


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