Early Childhood Educator of the Year 2018

Recognize excellence in the important but underappreciated field of early education.


Early Educators Deserve Recognition

Early childhood professionals are dedicated, hard-working and passionate about improving learning outcomes for our children, yet they are unfortunately often underappreciated and underpaid. It's time to acknowledge and celebrate these important individuals who are shaping the next generation of our communities.

This year's winner will receive:

 ECE of the Year Award Plaque

$250 in Classroom Supplies


Plus, if your nominee wins, you as the nominator will win a Fitbit!*


Nominate an educator who's doing a great job at your center and tell the world what makes them so special.


Share your nominee's page with your community. The 10 with the most votes will be voted on by our judges.


Our judges will select a winner, who will receive a plaque and $250 in supplies. Plus, you will win a Fitbit!

Who do you think should be ECE of the Year 2018?

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This Year's Judges

Portia Kennel
Senior Advisor,

Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Elise Miller
Chief Product & Innovation Officer,

Zero to Three

Isabelle Hau
Venture Partner,

Omidyar Network

Will Parnell
Professor & Department Chair,

Portland State University

Scott Moore


Michelle McCready
Deputy Executive Director,

Child Care Aware of America

Sherry Cleary
Executive Director,

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

Gloria Julius
VP Education & Professional Development,

Primrose Schools

Previous Winners

Sarojini Anthonypillai

Settlement Assistance Family Support Services

"Sarojini is an exceptional worker as well as a wonderful person. She always puts in 100% into whatever she does, and would go out of her way to help anyone in need. She also includes ELECT in all of her programs. Furthermore she would always make sure that all her programs are multi-culturally diverse as well."

Blairetta Curry

Impact Learning Center

"Blairetta is a proud mother of two and has been developing her craft for education through her own experiences in motherhood and her time as a teacher. Though relatively new to the field of education, she has shown integrity, passion, energy, and deep enthusiasm about her work. She believes in her heart that any child and every child can be educated and successful."

Ellie Ferrier

TowerLight Child Care

"Ellie has been working at TowerLight Child Care since the first day it opened. On a daily basis, Ellie makes the environment for the children her top priority. Her passion for excellence in education for the children is so clearly demonstrated in the children she has impacted. Our children and families are drawn to her love for everyone who enters her room."

*Only entrants in the United States and Canada are eligible for prizes, but we welcome nominations worldwide!

How it Works

December 14, 2018, at 11:59 PM E.S.T.

January 15, 2019