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Nominate an Early Childhood Champion Today!


Elementary-aged children sit on their school's steps.

Do you know a childhood champion?  Childhood Champions are committed, talented champions who work with young children (infants to third graders) in a diversity of learning environments: some are certified Pre-K, Head Start and early elementary teachers, others are childcare providers in centers and programs, and still others are family, friends, and neighbors who offer care in their homes. Champions are passionate about their work, enthusiastic about their professional growth and active contributors (or wish to be) to a community of dynamic early educators. 

Please nominate a childhood champion for the Illinois Public Media Early Childhood Champions Awards by March 31, 2023.  Nomination forms are here.

If you have additional questions, please contact Kellie Blanden at