Awards & Grants 2019 Presidents Educational Award
Originally established by CAAEYC to honor Docia Zavitkovsky, the Presidents Education Award is a $1,000 award offered to CAAEYC members to encourage pursuit of advanced educational degrees and leadership in the profession.
Docia Zavitkovsky, an icon in early childhood education, served as NAEYC President (1984-86) and was the Director of the Santa Monica Children's Centers. In 2003, she founded Play Matters, an organization dedicated to enhancing the role of play in the lives of young children.
It is the intent of the Presidents Educational Award to provide encouragement to those members who wish to pursue a graduate degree or credential and to provide fiscal support for books, tuition or general costs of advanced education.
Eligibility and Process
To be eligible, an applicant must be a current CAAEYC member in good standing with a demonstrated financial need. Current enrollment in an accredited academic degree program in Early Childhood Education or Child Development is required. An applicant must also have a record of service or contribution to AEYC at the Local Chapter or State Affiliate level.
Only COMPLETE applications with all supporting documents received by the application deadline will be considered. Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed and evaluated by the CAAEYC Awards and Grants Committee and recommendations will be submitted to the CAAEYC Board of Directors for consideration. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or declination using contact information provided on the application.
Award recipients are encouraged to attend the CAAEYC Annual Membership Meeting for the purpose of public recognition. Educational award recipients are required to submit a short, written article describing the use of funds for inclusion in both the Local Chapter and State Affiliate newsletters or other communications.
Applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm on Friday, February 8, 2019.
CAAEYC Presidents Educational Award Application
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Name (first and last)
City, State, Zip
Personal Phone (home or cell)
NAEYC Membership Exp Date
CAAEYC Chapter (if known)
Degree Held & Major
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Degree Desired & Major
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Position Title/Role/Specialization Area
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Employer/Volunteer Site/College City, State, Zip
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Employer/Volunteer Site/College County
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Dates of Employment/Service/Attendance
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Hours per Week/Units
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Months per Year/Semester or Quarter
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File Upload - You Will Upload Five Separate Files
(1) Prepare a personal statement to the CAAEYC Board of Directors describing academic goals and progress, including a statement of financial need.
(2) Proof of current enrollment from the academic institution.
(3 and 4) Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a Board member at the Local Chapter or State Affiliate level indicating applicant's contributions to AEYC and one letter from a college instructor.
(5) Copy of current membership card from NAEYC or other verification of membership status.
Once you upload the first file, you will be able to upload the next file. Each file may only be 30 MB in size.
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