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Our 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.


Their minds and eyes are open, let them see.

TLLCCF would like to thank the author of this article, “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?", Janeen Interlandi for shining a spotlight on the foundations 31 year mission!