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September 19,2016

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Fill out a Teacher Award Pre-App today!


Fill out and submit the all-new 2017 Pre-Application for the Terri Lynne Lokoff /Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards!  It’s quick. It’s easy. Fill out and submit it right then and there.  The pre-application gets you pre-approved for the National Child Care Teacher Awards Application.


Here are 5 Fantastic Reasons To Apply:

1. A paid trip to historic Philadelphia
2. Meet with peers and exchange ideas
3. Excellent educational experience
4. FUN: Portraits, special ceremony, after party
5. Win $500 for your program and $500 for you!

Teacher of the Year receives an additional $1,000!

The all-new 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff / Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards application
will be available online October 1.

Photo: 2016 National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient Beth Taylor, The Children's Center at
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY.


An Evening with the TLLCCF

Launching into its first event for the season, the TLLCCF is looking toward smaller more intimate gatherings for friends, supporters and volunteers.  Our first event is on Friday, November 4, 8:30 to midnight at Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut Street. Join us for a night of music performed by three local bands(The Miners, The Knife and Fork Band and Whiskey Jam) that will perform for the benefit of the Foundation.  Admission is $10pp.

The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly). Originally formed in 2007, The Miners are known for their country-infused, guitar and pedal steel guitar laden, alt country originals influenced by the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskey town, the Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, and Buck Owens. Co-founded by Keith Marlowe in 2007, the current line-up consists of Keith Marlowe (lead vocals, guitar), David Thornburgh (pedal steel guitar), Gregg Hiestand (bass) and Vaughn Shinkus (drums, backing vocals).

The Knife and Fork Band’s music stylings are too unpredictable for “folk,” too loud for “acoustic,” too complicated for “punk,” too rough for “chamber-pop,” and more band than “singer-songwriter.” The KFB may be fellow travelers, but aren't about to swear allegiance to any party. Since 1992 the KFB has written songs, added band members, and had families; all while recording and performing in and around Philadelphia.

What happens when you put an accountant, dentist, insurance broker, business owner, and real estate developer together? You get Whiskey Jam! Not surprisingly, the name reflects two things the guys enjoy: whiskey and jamming as a band. While not quitting their day jobs, these guys from suburban Philly love their night gig, playing music. Covering songs from the 60’s through today, fans enjoy their mix of classic and alternative rock and pop songs. The guys like to help out area charities and groups so all earnings are donated to nonprofit organizations. The band includes Larry Berkowitz (lead vocals and guitar), Larry Dash (lead guitar and vocals), Marc Dubner (keyboard and vocals), Mitchell Benson (drums) and Andy Rubin (bass).

For more information for an Evening with the TLLCCF click here and order your tickets TODAY!


Enhancing Our Outdoor Dramatic Play Area

By Dottie Zablotney
Minot Air Force Base Child Development Center
Minot AFB, ND
2016 Terri Lynne Lokoff / Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient

As I was making the kitchen area I remembered safety first. I made sure that there weren't any sharp corners or loose pieces of wood. I also made sure to make the height of the kitchen area, the table, and the logs to sit on suitable for both taller and shorter children.

When the children first saw the kitchen area they were very excited. All the children ran over to the area and started to explore the new addition to our playground. Children turned the knobs on the stove and the faucet handles. Some children pretended to wash their hands in the sink. Other children sat on the log chairs at the table and put the wooden spoons into the bamboo bowls.

The children explored more with the nature around them as I hoped they would. They put grass, sand, leaves and water into the bowls and stirred them as if it were food. They use natural materials such as sticks instead of the wooden spoons. When the children sit at the log table they engage in play and conversation with the other children around them. Prior to the new outdoor kitchen the children never showed any interest in using natural materials for use in their play.

The only problem I ran into was accessing the funds from my award. At our center, my award money was deposited into an account that only the designated person with the card for the account could access. I made several arrangements to meet with the person so I could purchase the items. It took a couple months until I was able to buy all the material for my project. Then I felt a little rushed to get everything done.

But at the end of it all it was worth it. To see the children enjoy the new addition to our outdoor dramatic play area and watch them incorporate more natural materials into their play tells me that my project is a success. Several of my coworkers and parents from my class have complimented me on doing such an incredible job making it.

Photo: Children enjoying the new kitchen in the outdoor dramatic play area.


TLLCCF Board of Directors appoints New Co-Presidents, Secretary and Vice President

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation announced its elected officers for the 2016-2018 Board of Directors, naming Steven Rossman and Samuel Nemroff as co-presidents.  Current board member Shelley Greenbaum was appointed secretary and Marcy Bacine was appointed vice president.

Founder Kay Lokoff installed the new board members at the Foundation's annual meeting held in early summer. “We’re excited about our new leadership,” said Kay Lokoff.  “These new board appointments bring years of experience in education, community service, and business.  They will be instrumental in guiding the TLLCCF in its new direction, and helping to fulfill its mission in ensuring that all children have access to high-quality child care.”

Steven Rossman is a partner at Drucker & Scaccetti in Philadelphia and Samuel Nemroff is president of Penn Wynne Homes in Wynnewood. Shelley Greenbaum brings years of service as a long-time volunteer and chairwoman of the membership committee.  Marcy Bacine is also a long-time volunteer and is the chairwoman of the National Child Care Teacher Awards committee.

A part of the Annual Meeting is the presentation of the Child Care Center Enhancement Grants, which are awarded to nonprofit, nonsectarian child care centers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The centers submit applications for grants, which afford the child care centers the opportunity to implement specific changes to improve the quality of care provided to children.  A committee of TLLCCF board members and early childhood educators and specialists reviewed each application.  This year, nine centers received grants that benefited 1,737 children and totaled $28,288. To apply for a 2017 Child Care Center Enhancement Grant click here to download an application.

Photos: from top to bottom: Samuel Nemroff, co- president, Steven Rossman, co-president, Shelley Greenbaum, secretary and Marcy Bacine, vice president.

STEAMing Ahead

By Jill Arrell
QCC Children's School
Worcester, MA
2016 Terri Lynne Lokoff / Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient

As I bought and ordered the pieces for my project STEAMing Ahead, I had the feeling of excitement. I couldn’t wait to get to work on creating my pieces/activities for the project. I had difficulty locating clear pipes at the home improvement store in my town for my ball run. I discovered I had to order them, but due to the time constraint I couldn’t get them in time to make the activity and allow the children time for exploration. As we were cleaning out a storage room at work I came across an old wooden track system that had not been used for as long as I have worked there (almost 10 years). Being the queen of re-purposing I would not let it be thrown out. I drilled holes at one end of the tracks and applied magnetic buttons to the sides. This was going to be the first set of materials that I would put out for the children! As the children began to use the tracks they consistently fell off the board as they tried to work with them! It was very frustrating for them as well as for me! I went back to the drawing board, I needed to get a stronger magnet attached to the tracks. I bought magnetic tape from the craft store, this worked!! The children were creating different tracks for the marbles figuring out how to line them up and get the marbles to flow from track to track! It was exactly what I hoped would happen!

Once the rest of the materials came I got to work applying magnets to them! I ordered number line puzzles, magnetic pockets to hold the materials, small mirrors to add reflection to the marble run. I ordered foam geometric shapes, this super cool Engineering Coaster Activity Kit, large colored buttons for patterning and dry erase markers.

I am very pleased with how the project turned out, it has been a great addition to the classroom. The children have been using their inquiry skills, experimenting with trial and error and lots of problem solving! The children came up with different ways of using the materials and investigating in their own time. I am very excited to use it in the fall semester when the ECE students are in the classroom again, to model STEAM activity in an open ended manner!

Photo: Student investigating designs with the Geo metric shape.

Welcoming a new addition to the TLLCCF staff

The TLLCCF welcomed Robert Lokoff as the Foundation’s new office manager.  Robert is a trustee and now moves to the position of office manager.  As we welcome Robert to the staff, the TLLCCF also said good-bye to long-time employee Lisa Kemmerer who worked at the Foundation as one of its first volunteers and then as a valued employee for 11 years. We are grateful to Lisa for her years of dedication and service.



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