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Press Release: April 2014
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Lauren Levin, (510) 647-1111 x31, pr.habitot@gmail.com
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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"Preschool Teachers Make A Difference" Awards

(Berkeley, CA) April 14, 2014

Habitot Children's Museum has opened nominations for its 6th Annual "Preschool Teachers Make a Difference" Awards, and 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.

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. The program helps highlight the contributions of educators in this high-impact profession whose work often goes unrecognized outside of individual preschools.

To date, over 475 of the Bay Area's preschool teachers from all 9 counties have been recognized as exemplary educators and over 50 have been selected. This year's winners will receive awards, prizes, and recognition at a ceremony held at the Museum in September. The winners will be decided by an independent panel of judges.

This event has been made possible by Scholarshare, the Lead Sponsor of the 2014 awards. Other generous sponsors include 510Families, Ask-a-Nanny, Childcraft/School Specialty, Chinook Book, Folkmanis, Parents' Press, Red Tricycle, and Savvy Source/Schoola.

Nominations will be accepted from April 14 – May 31. Parents, colleagues, and community members are encouraged to nominate a preschool teacher they know deserves recognition and praise! The link to nominate a teacher online and learn more about criteria for nomination and award is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QXKY7P

The ten honorees will receive the following AWARDS:

  • $100 worth of school supply gift certificates
  • A Folkmanis puppet
  • A "Chinook Book" coupon book • A FREE preschool field trip to Habitot (up to 15 students ~a $175 value)
  • A Habitot 5-Visit Pass (up to 3 people per visit; an $90 value) which may be offered at a fundraising auction or used personally Each of the winning nominators will receive: A Habitot 5-Visit Pass (up to 3 people per visit; an $90 value)

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded in 1992 to meet the unique needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with dedicated programs for children with special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, and homeless families. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5.

Since opening 15 years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed almost 1,000,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, and a drop-in Art Studio.

Habitot Children's Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers. In addition, Habitot's founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley's "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Parents' Press readers voted Habitot "Best of the East Bay," and in 2013 Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. 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