Nominees Sought for ‘U.P. Beacon’ Early Childhood Award

MARQUETTE – The Upper Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children Invites the Upper Peninsula to shine a spotlight on young children during April’s “Month of the Young Child.”

As a part of the National and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual celebration, UPAEYC is honoring young children and all those who make a positive difference in children’s lives with the sixth annual U.P. Beacon Award.

“All young children need and deserve high-quality early 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, in a news release.

“The Month of the Young Child is a time set aside for local communities to remember that the ‘early years are 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.'”

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 following categories: “Exemplary Early Childhood Professional” and “Outstanding Partner in Early Education and Care.”

Last year’s U.P. Beacon Awardees: Angela Borchardt of Great Beginnings Early Child Care Center in Kingsford and Becky Nelson of Bethel Baptist Church- Children’s Ministry in Marquette.

Nomination forms are available for download or by online submission on the UPAEYC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/upaeyc; or requested/submitted by email: yooperaeyc@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission of nominations is March 31.