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About Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to making America better by improving early care and education. Our focus is to improve the quality of programs that care for and educate children from birth through age five, and enlist and enlighten others to do the same.

The Foundation recognizes that quality early care and education depends on the expertise of teachers and providers.

To that end, we honor and reward early education teachers dedicated to excellence, support nonprofit and nonsectarian child care centers, provide art and cultural programs to child care centers serving low income areas, and advocate for early care and education every day. TLLCCF’s funds have benefited thousands of children, child care centers, child care teachers and educational scholarships at many outstanding child care agencies and academic institutions throughout the nation.

Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards, Child Care Center Enhancement Grants, and Lois B. Cohan Museums to Go. The foundation also provides funds for early care and education professional conferences, and education scholarships in the field of ECE.

We are committed to ensuring the availability of affordable, high-quality child care for all children in order to reap the educational, societal and economic benefits that will follow for all Americans. The societal benefits generated as a result of children attending high-quality early care and education programs are documented in The High Scope Perry Preschool Study through Age 40 summary, which concludes that every dollar invested in early care and education has a return of $17.

The long-term benefits translate into savings on remedial and special education, reduces the number reliant on welfare, and entering the prison system. Children who have had the benefit of high-quality early care and education contribute to society as taxpayers with higher earning potential. The children are also at a lower risk for becoming teenage parents and drug users.


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About Terri Lynne Lokoff

Terri Lynne Lokoff was a beautiful young woman who loved life. She had a sense of what was important and a quiet assurance of purpose. She was a teacher in day care. Her extraordinary devotion, patience, sense of humor and love made her work special. As a teacher, Terri felt a tremendous responsibility and knew the hard work that comes with providing the quality educational and emotional support so important to child care. The first years in a child’s life shape the future. Terri’s presence made a difference and she will live on in those she taught and loved. Good teachers and quality centers will continue to make a difference to the future...our children and, as Terri did, we work every day to give children the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Even though Terri’s physical presence has not been with us since 1986, the Foundation that embodies her spirit has survived and thrived for 25 years. During her time Terri understood that children, like flowers, need careful nurturing and a gentle touch to grow and thrive. Terri’s favorite flower, the yellow rose, has come to symbolize her goals and ours; outstanding teachers and high-quality child care.

In August 1987, Fred and Kay Lokoff founded the TLLCCF to honor the memory of their daughter Terri, who died tragically in an auto accident.. Terri earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and worked as a child care teacher. She had an extraordinary sense of devotion and love for her work and felt strongly about the need to improve the quality of child care. We work every day to fulfill Terri’s efforts.




TLLCCF Mission

The TLLCCF was founded in August 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri who died tragically in a car accident in 1986. The TLLCCF is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization is dedicated to making America better by improving early care and education. Our role is to enhance the lives of children and child care teachers and providers in the child care community, and to heighten the awareness of the public to the need and definition of quality child care. We support nonprofit, nonsectarian childcare programs dedicated to excellence and raises awareness of the critical role high-quality early care and education plays in commerce and society. The TLLCCF’s funds have directly benefited thousands of children, program providers and students studying early care and education. The Foundation also recognizes and rewards teachers nationwide for excellence and dedication.


Board of Directors


Board of Directors


Kay Lokoff
TLLCCF Founder

Fred Lokoff

Steven W. Lokoff
Robert Lokoff

Jamie Lokoff


Steve Rossman
Shareholder, Drucker & Scaccetti, PC
Sam Nemroff
President, Penn Wynne Homes, Inc.


Shelley Greenbaum

Vice President

Marcy K. Bacine
Retired Child Care Specialist

Board of Directors

Candice Cohen (General Counsel Resources for Human Development)
Suzanne du Pont, Nancy Grossman, Nicholas Piccone, Harvey Rovinsky
Madalyn Rovinsky
(Bernie Robbins Jewelers Owners), Bonnie Squires (Squires Consulting Owner),
Gary Steinberg (Prudential Fox & Roach), Greg Cirillo (Dilworth Paxson, LLP), Stephanie Corfee,
Michelle Price Taglialatela (Tag Strategies), Lynnie Marks Schleifer (Berkshire Hathaway/ Fox & Roach)

TLLCCF Advisory Board


TLLCCF Advisory Board

Ann Brown
Former Chairman of the Consumer
Products Safety Commission

Scott Brucker
Sr. VP & General Counsel
NFI Industries, Inc.

Gary R. Cohan, M.D. F.A.C.P.
Robertson Diagnostic Ctr

Robert M. Cohan

Erin Connolly, LSW, MSW
Children's Hospital of Phila

Harriet Dichter
Delaware Office of Early Learning
Executive Director

*Mindy Fortin
Thaddeus Fortin
Haas Corporation

Barbara Glickman

Edward M. Glickman, Esq.
Cozen O’Connor

Elaine Gottlieb

Jimmy Grossman
Material Distributors, Inc.

Barbara H. Kaplan

Roberta Lyon

A. Richard Marks
Adapt Media Inc. CEO

Barbara McCabe

Lynn R. McGrane

Bernie Meyers

Rosa Meyers

Suzanne O'Connor
United Way of SE Pennsylvania
Program Director - Success by Six

Phil Peterson
AON Consulting
Sr. Vice President

Lucy Savidge Provost
Associate Director Manager
Wharton Partnership Program

Marc Rayfiled
VP/GM WIP Sportsradio &
VP/DOS Infinity Broadcasting Phila

Merrill Reese
Voice of Philadelphia Eagles
Fran Ritter

Bruce Schragger, Esq.

Irene Schragger

Hedda Sharapan
Family Communications, Inc. Producers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"     
Director of Early Childhhood Initiatives

Christine Sharkey
Corning Incorporated
Director of Community Affairs

Deane M. Shauger
PM Lifestyle Shopping Centers
Vice President of Property Management & Marketing

Kina Simeone Clark
Clark Capital Management Group, Inc.
Director of Corporate Communications

Elaine Sussman
Susan B. Thomas
Industry Partnership

Marlene Weinstein
Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools
Director of Early Education

Constance H. Williams
Former PA State Senator

Gretchen Wilson

Steven Zaboji
Balaton Marketing, Inc.


James W. Lokoff
Interim Executive Director

Karen Walter

Sharon Bell
Events Manager

Robert Lokoff
Office Manager