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December 1, 2016

National Child Care Teacher Awards

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Download an application for the all-new 2017 application for the Terri Lynne Lokoff /Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards!  


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!

Photo: 2016 National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient Nadel Butler, Discovery Point, Cumming, GA


A Note from the Presidents

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As the new co-presidents of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, we have experienced first-hand the positive impact that the Foundation has on early childhood education and we are excited about bringing those benefits to many more deserving children.  For almost 30 years, the Foundation has promoted and acknowledged the efforts of child care teachers from across the country with the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards. Through its annual grants, the Foundation has helped numerous child care centers to make health and safety improvements and purchase much needed equipment.  In addition, the Foundation’s Lois B. Cohan Museums to Go program brings art, nature and other unique programming that children may otherwise never be able to experience directly to the classroom.  It is heart-warming and inspiring to hear the wonderful feedback from teachers, childcare directors and children about the Foundation’s work. We are making a difference!

 High-quality early child care benefits all of us by providing a solid foundation for young children to learn the fundamentals, including the alphabet, numbers and sharing. With this strong foundation, future growth and learning is greatly improved, expanding opportunities for children as they mature.  It has been proven that children who receive good early childhood education have a far greater chance of success in life than those who go without.  That is why our mission is so important.

High-quality child care starts with high-quality child care teachers, and that is why the National Child Care Teacher Awards program is so important.  It provides well-deserved recognition, together with needed resources, to highly deserving teachers throughout the country.  As we prepare to turn the page on another year, we are already preparing for the 2017 Teacher Awards and we again look to you, our valued volunteers, to offer your time, talents and support in whatever way you can.  We are thrilled to announce that we expect a record number of teacher applications this year.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Teacher Awards. We have many volunteer opportunities for those interested. Please contact our office to volunteer your services.

 The Foundation depends on annual donations to fund programming, the Teacher Awards, and grants to child care centers. With your help and support, we can make a profound difference in the lives of thousands of children. Please help us with our mission of strengthening and promoting high quality early child care. 

 For more information, please call the Foundation office at 610-992-1140.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at The Teacher Awards and at the fabulous after-party in May 2017!

Steven Rossman & Sam Nemroff
TLLCCF Board Co-Presidents

Photo: Steven Rossman (left) and Sam Nemroff (right)


The Art of the Compromise


Sometimes the best laid plans can go array. You can dream, plan, research and, even win the National Child Care Teacher Awards to fund your proposed classroom enhancement project. But still have to change the project due to inspections and other unknown factors.  This happened to one recipient.  Cynthia Bennett, toddler teacher at Bright Horizons at Merck Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, PA, had her project all planned out.  She had a vision of how her project was going to look.  How the children in her class were going to interact with it. How she was going to encourage the children to explore and be creative with the instruments.  She knew everything about her project right down to the measurements of the lumber and the type she would use.  She figured it all out except for the how the “higher ups” would react to the final plans.

It turns out there is an order to who is responsible for building, maintenance, etc.  Like a true teacher who is accustomed to turning nothing into something, Cynthia used her skills as a pre-school teacher and worked out a compromise with her superiors. Her original plan was to create a stage area that was approximately 12’X5’ with lattice on each end to hang musical instruments and other items needed for the children to use in their play acting. Instead, after a lot of negotiating and much research, Cynthia and her director were able to fashion a structure, albeit smaller than the original plans called for, to create her award-winning project.  Together with her director, they researched their options and selected a design they felt would meet their needs. When the arbor arrived, the maintenance crew assembled it, secured it and selected its location. As Cynthia said, “The location was another compromise on my part”. The center did purchase some outdoor benches and an outdoor carpet to define the space and make it more inviting for the children’s play activities.

Although Cynthia had to modify her design of her original classroom enhancement project, she was able to create a beautiful space for the children to play in and use for their performances and for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans.

To make her project come to life, Cynthia made a number of concessions and compromised on some of the details, but more importantly, she never let the quality of her project be compromised or the benefits the children would gain from her award-winning project.

Photo: 2016 National Child Care Teacher Award recipient Cynthia Bennett of Bright Horizons at Merck Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, PA, watches her students enjoying her classroom enhancement project.


Child Care Teachers get recognized for your hard work and win a trip to Philadelphia, PA

Now’s the time for all child care teachers to complete and submit their applications for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards.  This is the only National Awards program to honor the hard work and dedication of child care teachers.

The Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards is presented each year to 50 child care teachers throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world.  The Awards program acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing high-quality early care and education. Award recipients will receive $1,000 --$500 to implement their award-winning classroom enhancement project and $500 as a stipend to acknowledge each child care teacher’s special dedication.  Winners receive an expense paid trip to the awards ceremony in Philadelphia, PA on May 5 and 6, 2017. The top ten qualifiers become finalists for the Helene Marks Award to become the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.  The teacher chosen as the Helene Marks Award Recipient receives an additional $1,000.

If you didn’t fill out a pre-application, download the full application and complete all parts.  For those who submitted a pre-application and are approved, complete the sections indicated.  Have questions? Call 610-992-1140 and ask for Lisa.

The application for the 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards deadline is January 5, 2017. Download your application now at

Photo: 2016 National Child Care Teacher Award Recipient Ivelisses Perez-McGee, United States Air Force Academy Child Development Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

TLLCCF Tributes from January to November 2016

Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation tributes are a thoughtful gift for any occasion. To remember or honor a friend or loved one you may give a gift in their name to the Foundation.  Whether you’re honoring someone you love or admire or remembering someone’s life, your gift has a lasting impact and makes a positive statement for the children and teachers. Your donations help us to move the Foundation’s work and mission forward. Tribute cards may be purchased in packs of five cards for $22 or can be given individually through a donation at the Foundation. Donate Today!  View Tributes from January to November 2016 - In Honor of     In Memory of

It's Grant Time!

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All of the TLLCCF's grant programs benefit the children.  Many in the child care community know that December and January are the two months when applications for the three main grant programs for the TLLCCF are due.

Child Care Center Enhancement Grants applications are due on December 31. Download an Enhancement Grant application

The deadline is January 5, 2017 for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards applications. Download your application now at

The Lois B. Cohan Museums to Go program applications are due January 16. Download a Museums to Go application today

Apply today for one, two or all three of our programs.  Read the eligibility requirements for each. To download applications visit Have questions about the applications or process, call the Foundation at 610-992-1140.

Photo: Westminster Mayfair Presbyterian Church Child Care Center - Child Care Center Enhancement Grants provided water and sand tables for the children.

TLLCCF hosts night of music as bands played to a packed hous

Several hundred supporters and music lovers came out to MilkBoy Philadelphia to hear three bands play to benefit the TLLCCF.  The “house” was packed all night and it exceeded the expectations of all concerned.  Stated Owner of MilkBoy and Executive Director of the TLLCCF Jamie Lokoff, “We expected a good turnout for the event based on the pre-ticket sales. But we were blown away with the number of folks who came out that night. We had three really great bands - The Miners, The Knife and Fork Band and Whiskey Jam, come out to play to a packed house.”

All three bands and MilkBoy donated the ticket sales to the Foundation. The Foundation will host another event in the spring 2017. 




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