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Press Release: May, 2013
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka (510) 647-1111 x31
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9 Days Left To Nominate

An Outstanding Preschool Teacher

For The Bay Area “Preschool Teachers

Make a Difference” Awards

Hosted By Habitot

(Berkeley, CA) May 17, 2013

From now through May 31, Habitot Children’s Museum is accepting nominations of exemplary preschool teachers for its 5th annual “Preschool Teachers Make Difference" awards. Preschool teachers from throughout the Bay Area are eligible. Ten exemplary preschool teachers will be selected by an independent panel of judges. Judges include: Dr. Stacy Thompson, former Department Chair and Faculty of Child Development at Merritt College, member of the Advisory Panel on Oakland Head Start, and current Dean of Academic Pathways and Student Services at Merritt College; Tanya Smith, Senior Quality Counts Coach for Alameda County First 5, which mentors and coaches teachers in licensed childcare centers; and Laura Arellano of Growing Light Montessori preschool and a 2012 Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Winner.

Over 400 preschool teachers have been nominated since Habitot launched the awards program, and over 40 have been awarded gift certificates for classroom supplies, educational products, free field trip visits to Habitot, and wide recognition for their outstanding contributions to early childhood education. This year's community partners include Red Tricycle, Oogiah, Savvy Source, AskANanny, Do-A-Dot Art, and more.

Gina Moreland, Habitot Executive Director and Founder says. "Preschool teachers lay the groundwork for kindergarten readiness and for a child's positive experiences in school. We are honored take leadership in celebrating their accomplishments and their critical role in society."

Nominations can be submitted online at www.habitot.org through May 31 at 5:00 pm. Winners will be notified on July 8th and celebrated at a "Back To School” Reception and Awards Ceremony at Habitot Children’s Museum, September 30, 2013, 6:30 pm. The public is invited by advance reservation.

To become “Preschool Teachers Make A Difference” Award Sponsor/Community Partner, or to request a nomination form, contact: Toni Mikulka, Development Manager at dassoc@habitot.org (510) 647-1111, ext. 31.

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded by parents and educators fifteen years ago to meet the unique needs and interests of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and appropriate community setting. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Since opening in 1998, Habitot has welcomed almost 1,000,000, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, 0-5, as well as parenting support, connection and information for themselves.

Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the “best museum for families” by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers and as a “five star destination” by the Lila Guide. In 2010, 2011 and in 2012, Habitot was designated a “Top-Rated Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. See all awards www.habitot.org/museum/about_awards.html

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org