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OCAEYC Awards and Grants

Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2020 Award or Grant!  This years winners will be contacted by Friday, June 5th.

Play Matters

This grant is for an ECE professional who supports play-based learning in the classroom or at their center. Awardee will specify how they support play and how they use play as a base for learning. This $300 grant is to be used for classroom enhancement or further training on the importance of play, recipient receives OCAEYC standard membership.

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Advocacy Matters

This grant is for an ECE professional who supports advocacy in the field. Awardee will specify how they advocate for the profession and how they plan to continue to support advocacy. This $300 grant is to be used for continued professional development geared towards advocacy, recipient receives OCAEYC standard membership.

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Education Matters

This grant is for an ECE professional who is enrolled in a college degree course (AA/AS or BA/BS) in the field of Early Childhood. This $300 grant is to be used for college expenses, tuition, or books, recipient receives OCAEYC standard membership. Proof of enrollment in higher education required.


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Outstanding ECE Professional or Program

The Outstanding Early Childhood Education Professional or Program is an Individual or program nominated by their peer(s) that strives to support the core values of the Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children (OCAEYC): supporting professionals, advocating standards, promoting public Issues, collaboration with others, or building inclusive organizations. Each recipient will receive free conference registration for 2021.

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