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2024 Excellence Awards

To honor and recognize the work of dedicated early childhood professionals over the last year, the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference is proud host the 3rd annual RMECC Excellence Awards! The Excellence Awards are an opportunity for all conference participants to nominate and select the candidates YOU think best demonstrate the accomplishments, innovation, and resolve of outstanding early childhood professionals.

One winner in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize!

All nominees must be a child care center or preschool director, administrator, or teacher; family child care provider; or family, friend, or neighbor child care provider.

Many early childhood professionals who work in funding, systems building, or other support areas of the industry have various awards they're eligible for throughout their careers. There are not as many awards for the professionals who work in the buildings where care happens each day, which is why RMECC focuses on these ECE professionals for the awards

The awards ceremony will be held (and winners announced) in person at the event on Friday, March 8th (Equity and Inclusion and Community Leader) and Saturday March 9th (Workplace Wellness and Rookie of the Year) right before the morning keynote. 3 finalists from each category will get one free full event (2 day) attendance pass to the conference and 1 guest pass to the award ceremony and keynote.

Award Categories

Equity and Inclusion Superstar: This award recognizes a preschool or child care center owner, director, administrator, or teacher; family child care home teacher/provider; or FFN provider that offers exceptional work and sensitivity in the area of equity and inclusion for children with disabilities, challenging behaviors, or those requiring greater social-emotional support.

Workplace Wellness Champion: This award recognizes a preschool or child care center owner, director, or administrator that prioritizes their staffs’ health and wellness by providing a positive and supportive work environment that supports work-life balance and offers personal wellness and strong professional development opportunities.

Community Leader: This award recognizes a preschool or child care center owner, director, administrator or teacher; or a family child care home teacher/provider who’s advocacy and service goes beyond the doors of the child care they work in. A person who does extraordinary work to elevate the child care industry, assist others with opening new programs, promote quality, advance systems, and provide support to new providers and teachers. 

Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes a preschool or child care center owner, director, administrator, or teacher; family child care home teacher/provider; or FFN provider who is new to the field of early childhood, has an energy and passion that inspires others, and is demonstrating above-and-beyond creative thinking and problem solving in the classroom, community, or business operations. 

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