Awards

Each year OKAEYC recognizes individuals and early childhood programs that have made a significant difference in the lives of children ages birth through third grade in the state of Oklahoma through our annual Service Awards. The awards are divided into four categories to acknowledge all spheres of influence in early care and education; the award categories can be reviewed here. Potential recipients are nominated by others, and winners are selected by the OKAEYC awards committee. Winners in all categories are recognized at the Annual Conference in the fall.

Anne Mills/ Girdie Ware/ Ramona Paul Memorial Award

This award honors two individuals who have worked with young children a minimum of four years and are currently employed in early care and education in Oklahoma.  This award is intended to encourage the professionalism of people working directly with young children by providing an OKAEYC conference registration as well as a one-year membership.

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This award also honors students enrolled full-time (12 hours) in an Oklahoma institution of higher education and majoring in early childhood education or family and child development.  The student must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level student.  No more than three scholarships will be awarded each year. Students apply for this award for themselves.

Nomination Form Question for this award: What do you consider to be the most rewarding or significant contribution that this person has made with young children.

Recipient Receives:   funding for conference registration for the annual conference.

Scholarships

OKAEYC is proud to support NAEYC Accreditation and has developed a scholarship to assist with the fees associated with accreditation.

Accreditation Scholarship Guidelines

OKAEYC accreditation scholarship Application

Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children Scholarship
Opportunity to Apply for Educational Scholarship   Deadline June 10, 2020

  • Students seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees in the fields of early childhood education or child development/family studies.
  • Must be employed in early childhood care/family services settings (to include family child care homes).
  • Preference for individuals with five or more years work experience in the field of early care and education.
  • Funds may be used at public and private non- profit institutions in the state of Oklahoma not to include career technology centers. Award goes towards tuition, fees and book expenses. Payments are made directly to the school.

You can receive detailed instructions about the online application process by going to the scholarship page on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation website at www.occf.org/scholarships.

OKAEYC PROFESIONAL ADVANCEMENT AWARD

This award provides a registration to the Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children (OKAEYC), and a one-year membership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the state affiliate OKAEYC,

 as well as the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). This award is in remembrance to past board members (Girdie Ware, Ann Mills & Ramona Paul) who supported professionals and promoted professional advancement throughout their careers in Oklahoma.

The OKAEYC Professional Advancement Award recognizes individuals who have worked with young children a minimum of four years and are currently employed in early care and education settings in Oklahoma.  This award is intended to encourage professional growth, continuation of quality care experiences for children, and to share the importance of networking with others in the discipline of early care and education. 

The funding for this award is through the Conference Committee budget line item and donations.

Recipient receives:  NAEYC/OKAEYC and SECA one-year membership and funding for conference registration for OKAEYC Annual Conference (attendance required), an

ab libitum member on the OKAEYC board for one year and a framed certificate.

Qualifications:

Must be employed as a child care provider in family child care, for profit or non-profit child care center or Head Start/Early Head Start;

Must have worked in the early childhood or child –related field for at least four years;

Must be a resident of Oklahoma.

To apply:

Complete the following application:

First Name: _________________  Initial: ________  Last Name: _____________________

Address:  ______________________________________________________________

City:  _____________________________State_________Zip: ____________________

Home or Cell Phone (including area code): ________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________ Birthdate:__________________________________

Place of Employment: _________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________________ State: _______ Zip: ________________

Work Phone (including area code)______________________________________________

How long have you been employed in early care and education? ______ years

DATES                                   LOCATION                                        SUPERVISOR

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Write a short essay that addresses what you consider to be the most rewarding or significant contribution you have made to young children.

Submit a letter of recommendation.  The letter must be from the applicant’s employer and must be a personal reference.

____  I will attend the OKAEYC Annual Conference to accept this scholarship

Signature of Applicant ____________________________________________

The mission of Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children (OKAEYC) is to connect professionals, build leadership, and support those committed to the needs, rights, quality care, education and wellbeing of young children and their families. 

Nomination for Distinguished Service Award, 2021

Distinguished Service Award is given on merit to a professional involved in working for young children. This member should exhibit personal commitment to the profession, have organizational board involvement, be active in community organizations and have made a significant contribution to lives of young children and their families. This award is an annual award presented at the OKAEYC annual conference. The recipient receives a plaque, framed certificate or comparable memento.

Name of person nominated for award (along with current contact information)

_________________________________________________________________

Why do believe your nominated candidate should be awarded the Distinguished Service Award?   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Please return nomination form to:

Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children

605 Centennial Blvd.

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 949-1495