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Honoring those who nurture our children

March 22, 2011
Daily Press

The Upper Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children invites the Upper Peninsula to shine a spotlight on young children and their teachers during April's Month of the Young Child. As part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) annual celebration, UPAEYC is honoring young children and all those who make a positive difference in children's lives with the first U.P. BEACON Award.

"All young children need and deserve high quality learning experiences that will prepare them for life, and our "BEACON" Award provides an important opportunity to recognize those who do an outstanding job to help 'light the way to early success' for young children throughout the Upper Peninsula," said Judy Place, president of UPAEYC. "The Month of the Young Child is a time set aside for local communities to remember that the 'early years of learning years' for all young children and our award is intended to be a beacon by spotlighting those special citizens who help by 'Lighting the Way to Early Success.'"

The U.P. BEACON Award has been created as a way to draw attention to outstanding individuals throughout the Upper Peninsula whose work with young children has contributed to early learning readiness and success in school. During the Month of the Young Child, UPAEYC asks each community to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy in their area, and to celebrate the people and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.

Nominations for this year's U.P. Beacon Award will be considered from a broad range of qualifications such as service to children, family involvement, coordination of resources, and contributions to the field of early childhood education. UPAEYC will be recognizing one award winner in each of the two categories of: "Exemplary Early Childhood Professional" and "Outstanding Partner in Early Education and Care."

Nomination forms are available through the UP Great Start Regional Child Care Resource Center (4C of the UP), 104 Coles Drive, Suite F, Marquette, MI 49855 or call (906) 228-3362. Nominations can be submitted to the UPAEYC Month of the Young Child Committee, 530 N. Third St., L'Anse, MI 49946 or by e-mail to Deadline for nominations is noon, Monday, March 28.

The first U.P. BEACON award will be announced during the NAEYC's Week of the Young Child (April 10-16).



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