The Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) annual Early Educator of the Year award seeks to recognize excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children and emphasize the importance of high-quality early care and learning.
To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a center-, home- or school-based child care professional who has been an early childhood educator for 3 or more years and whose place of employment has at least 4 stars in Vermont's STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) or is NAEYC or NAFCC accredited. Employees of LGK as well as previous winners are ineligible for the award.
An award selection committee comprised of leaders in early education and child development review award applications and choose the award winner. The winner will receive a $5,000 award and all expenses paid to attend the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) conference as well as one national conference. The winner's program will also receive $500.
We recognize that, in 2020, there have been countless Early Educators of the Year in Vermont, with each playing many incredibly important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will honor Vermont's early educators at the 48th Annual Early Childhood Conference hosted by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children and the Vermont Head Start Association. Stay tuned!