Tucson Resident to be Awarded 2012 Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awardsby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Mar. 20, 2012, under Press Releases
King of Prussia, PA, March 15, 2012– The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) is proud to announce that Karma Lewis, teacher of three, four and five year olds at the Cottonwood Enrichment Center, Tucson, AZ, has been selected to receive the 2012 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award. This exemplary early care and education teacher was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide. Lewis will receive an award of $1,000 on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm at a special ceremony at Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
There are a total of 52 National Child Care Teacher Award recipients for 2012. Lewis’s award-winning project that she will implement with a grant from the TLLCCF is Sounds in Nature: Exploring Music and Movement in a Nature Explore Classroom. “My project, combined with our newly attained certification as an outdoor Nature Explore Classroom, is a response to children’s natural enthusiasm for outdoor music and movement. I am inspired to create a well-defined outdoor music and movement center filled with readily available instruments and materials to meet the needs and passions of the children. Two child-created masterpieces will be at the heart of the Sounds in Nature project, defining our Sound Garden: an instrument sculpture, and a sound table. Children will have outdoor opportunities to listen to and respond to various types of music, explore their voices and other instruments, let rhythm move their bodies, and share thoughts and feelings about music while allowing the presence of nature effect their musical investigation. I will facilitate by rotating provocations, building story connections, and discovering along with the children, “ said Lewis.
The recipients of the 2012 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. A committee of national early childhood educators and experts reviewed and scored the applications. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award: $500 to implement their proposed project and $500 to acknowledge their dedication.
From the inception of the Teacher Awards program in 1994 the TLLCCF, with the inclusion of the 2012 recipients, will have presented 687 awards totaling more than $650,000 to early care and education teachers and providers for their dedication and excellence.
TLLCCF Executive Director Allan Miller stated, “Child care teachers, particularly those honored as our national award winners, are professionals. Their curriculum-based lesson plans are designed to further children’s natural creativity and stimulate curiosity to explore. Teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to reading and writing, expanded vocabulary, creative arts, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach concepts and skills.”
Continued Miller, “Preschool children learn mainly through investigation and play. Early care and education teachers capitalize on children’s play to further language and vocabulary development, improve social skills, introduce scientific and mathematical concepts, learn self-help skills and physical independence through play and social interaction. When teachers have done their jobs well they will have instilled a life-long love of learning in their young charges.”
For the twelfth consecutive year, the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards are sponsored by McNeil consumer Healthcare, the makers of Children’s TYLENOL®.
The TLLCCF is observing its 25th year of making America better by improving early care and education. The Foundation has dedicated its resources to improving the quality of child care for children and supporting and elevating the status of child care teachers and providers. TLLCCF is a nonprofit, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization established in 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri Lynne Lokoff, a devoted child care teacher who died tragically in an automobile accident. The Foundation continues the work of Terri Lynne and those who work in the field of early care and education to ensure that every child has an opportunity to attend a high-quality child care program.
For additional information about the Foundation or the National Child Care Teacher Awards™, please visit www.TLLCCF.org or call 610.992.1140.
For additional information about Children’s TYLENOL®, visit www.tylenol.com.