Celebrate child care excellence

Nominations are being accepted to recognize early learning and child care professionals who make valuable contributions through positive and creative environments for children and their parents.

Due to its success, this year’s 2011 Alberta Child Care Professional Awards of Excellence program has been expanded and gives Albertans the opportunity to nominate professionals working in licensed and approved programs as well as all 46 Parent Link Centres throughout Alberta.

The Alberta Child Care Association has also introduced an additional award to recognize an inspirational leader in the child care field.

A nomination package with details about eligibility and criteria is available at www.child.alberta.ca/childcare, or at any of Alberta’s licensed or approved child care programs, Parent Link Centres or Child and Family Services Authorities.

To be considered, completed nominations must be received by 4 p.m. on Feb. 11.

Nominees will be evaluated in four key areas:

• supporting children’s development and wellbeing;

• nurturing the individuality of each child;

• engaging parents, families and communities as partners in the care and education of children; and

• raising the profile of the early learning and child care field through their commitment to ongoing learning and development and their willingness to share their knowledge with others.

The top 12 recipients will be honoured at a ceremony in Calgary on April 8, at the Westin Hotel.