Early Childhood Educator Awards

Nominations for Action for Children’s 2024 Early Childhood Educator Awards are now open through June 30th! Help us celebrate the child care professionals who are laying a foundation for the success of our youngest community members. 

Winners will be announced on August 9th and honored at Action for Children’s Early Childhood Educator Awards ceremony on October 15th, 2024.

Nominate a child care educator!

To be eligible to win an award, the educator you nominate must work at or operate a child care program licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in one of the following counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, or Union County.

You may submit nominations for more than one educator, but each educator can only be nominated for one award category.

Respect, Recognition, and Reward for Child Care Professionals

Action for Children believes that elevating educators encompasses respect, recognition, and reward. Winners of our Early Childhood Educator Awards will receive $1,000 for the individual educator, plus $1,500 for their child care program.

Hero Award

The Hero Award recognizes child care providers and staff members of all types who go above and beyond in their service of children and families, despite the many challenges they face.
Future Leader Award

Our Future Leader Award recognizes early learning professionals who are new to the field, are excelling at their profession, and are committed to creating a bright, successful future for children.
Rosa Hightower Excellence in Teaching Award

The Rosa Hightower Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to educators who have consistently demonstrated excellence in providing innovative, responsive, child-driven care and education.
Family Child Care of the Year Award

The Family Child Care of the Year Award honors these critical yet often unseen educators who support children, families, and the child care workforce every day.

Thank you to the sponsors of Action for Children’s 2024 Early Childhood Educator Awards!