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Calling All Kentucky Early Childhood Educators: Nominate Now for SECA Annual Awards!

Dear Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Educators (KAECE) Members,

As champions of early childhood education in the Commonwealth, we are proud to partner with the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) in recognizing excellence within our community. Each year, SECA bestows prestigious awards upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE). We believe it's time for our Kentucky educators to shine on this esteemed platform!

The SECA Annual Awards serve as a beacon of acknowledgment, honoring those whose tireless efforts shape the landscape of early childhood education. These accolades not only celebrate individual achievements but also inspire others to reach new heights of excellence. As a state chapter partner of SECA, KAECE is committed to fostering a culture of recognition and appreciation for the remarkable work of our educators across the Commonwealth.

We are thrilled to announce that nominations for the SECA Annual Awards are now open! This is your opportunity to showcase the outstanding contributions of your colleagues or mentors who have made a significant impact in the field of early childhood education. Whether it's innovative teaching methods, groundbreaking research, or exemplary leadership, we want to hear about those who embody the spirit of excellence in ECE.

What are the SECA Annual Awards?

The Outstanding Member Award Presented each year by the SECA Board of Directors to recognize a SECA member who has contributed significantly to the organization. Has a record of service to the organization, demonstrated a commitment to the mission of the organization as evidenced through his/her personal and professional experiences. And be recognized by his/her colleagues as a leader in the field of early childhood education through their service to children and families in the South. Click here to view previous recipients.

Phil Acord Award

This award established in 2017 to honor Phil Acord of Tennessee for his service to the children and families of the South and to recognize outstanding contributions by men to the field of early childhood education. The establishment of this award was a joint partnership between SECA and Kaplan Early Learning Company for the first 5 years. Click here to view past recipients.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Friend of Children

This award is given at the annual conference to an individual who is a nationally recognized children’s advocate. For having made a contribution nationally in the field of advocacy that supports children and families. Click here to view previous recipients. 

Glenda Bean Scholarship Award Click here to view past recipients.

This scholarship will be awarded in honor of Glenda Bean of Arkansas who has served as SECA Executive Director from 1998 to 2017. Before coming to SECA, Glenda was the Director of the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education for the state of Arkansas. She has guided SECA through her excellence in governance and management throughout her time at SECA. This scholarship consists of a stipend (set by the SECA Board of Directors) and complimentary conference registration to aid in the recipient’s attendance at the SECA Annual Conference.The individual who is chosen to receive this scholarship should:

-Be a current member of SECA

-Be a current or former employee or board member of a SECA state affiliate

-Be recognized for specific contributions to strengthening the management and/or governance structure of the affiliate.

President’s Award

This award is presented at the annual conference to a state advocate who has made contributions at the state level in the field of advocacy that supports children and families. Click here to view previous recipients.    

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2024. To nominate a deserving individual, simply email your submission to Maurena Lopez at []. Please include the nominee's name, contact information, a brief description of their accomplishments, and any supporting materials that highlight their achievements.

Kentucky Early Childhood Educators, this is our moment to shine! Let's seize this opportunity to showcase the unparalleled talent and dedication within our community. Together, let's demonstrate to the world just how extraordinary our Kentucky educators truly are.

For any inquiries or further assistance regarding the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support in celebrating excellence in Early Childhood Education.

Warm regards,

Dr. Maria Rutherford



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