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"Preschool Teachers Make A Difference"
Annual Awards & Recognition Contest

Congratulate Our 2014 Winners & Nominees

Caregiver and Parent CPR Training

Each year, Habitot invites parents, teachers and advocates for early childhood education to join us in recognizing the enormous contributions of preschool teachers in the Bay Area and the importance of a quality preschool experience. Why? Because preschool teachers nurture curiosity and confidence in young children, build their social and emotional skills, inspire their imaginations, and open the doors to lifelong learning.

Judges Selected for 2014 "Preschool Teachers" Awards

An exemplary panel of judges will review nominations submitted in Habitot's 6th annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards, which opened April 14. They include Superivsor Keith Carson, representing District 5 for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Catherine Taylor, Executive Director of the California Association for the Education of Young Children, the statewide chapter of NAEYC; and Matt Regan, Senior VP and staff member of the Early Childhood Education Committee of the Bay Area Council, a business and development association with a commitment to early childhood education. Thank you, judges, for your time and contribution in selecting this years' winning teachers.

Habitot’s “PRESCHOOL TEACHERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE” Awards will be given to ten outstanding preschool educators this year. The contest coincides with Habitot’s 16th birthday in April and nominations open during the national Week of the Young Child.

• April 14 Nomination period opens
> Download Form Here
> Complete Nomination Online
• May 31 Nominations due by 5 pm
• July 9 Award winners notified
• September 29 ‘Back to School’ Celebration to recognize award winners
> Register on Eventbrite

The lead sponsor for this year's awards is Scholarshare.
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With in-kind support from
Childcraft / School Specialty  Logo Folkmanis

With media sponsorship from
Parents' Press Logo Chinook Book Logo

Savvy Source & Schoola Logo Red Tricycle Logo

Caregiver Cafés

Caregivers are invited to meet and share experiences about the fun and challenges of caring for the children of others on the fourth Monday of the month from 10:00 am–11:00 am in Habitot's classroom annex. (Caregiver Cafes do not take place during the summer months).

During facilitated sessions (Spanish translation available), children will be occupied with art and craft activities nearby led by Habitot staff. Coffee and pastries are provided. The suggested donation is $10 per adult, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Attendees and their children receive FREE admission to Habitot following the Cafe where you can put new ideas into action. To receive email updates about Caregiver Cafés, please contact us at 510-647-1111 ×16 or

Our next FREE caregiver gathering is:

February 9, 2015 • 10:00am-11:00am

Thanks to Our Sponsor

Caregiver Cafés are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation

Sam Mazza

Caregiver CPR Training

Caregiver and Parent CPR Training

Once or twice each year, Habitot offers a FREE CPR and choke-saving certification program for caregivers. Enrollment is limited to first come first served. To inquire about upcoming events, please contact us at 510-647-1111 x11 or

Preschool Art Training

Our Art Reach Program offers on and off-site classes and workshops for preschoolers, teachers and training directors.

Art Reach shares our knowledge about what makes teaching art to young children successful, appropriate and manageable.

We offer off-site children's classes, on and off-site teachers' and directors' training workshops, plus contract presentations, artist-in-residence programs, and ceramic workshops for preschool field trips. For information, please contact us at 510-647-1111 x16 or

Playworker Training

With funding in 2009, from the Life is Good Foundation, Habitot partnered with Project Joy to bring their renowned Playmaker Training program to 30 preschool teachers in the Bay Area. This revolutionary program helps teachers use play to heal and strengthen the lives of children whose lives have been deeply impacted by fear and trauma.

As a founding member of the Bay Area Coalition for Play, which supports teachers, recreation leaders and others in advancing children's play, Habitot may help coordinate future playworker trainings. If interested, please contact us for information at 510-647-1111 x11 or

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