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Press Release: March 21, 2016
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact:
Marketing Manager: Toni Mikulka - Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17 toni@habitot.org
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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8th Annual Bay Area Preschool Teacher Award

Nominations are Opening April 11th

(Berkeley, CA) March 21, 2016

Habitot Children’s Museum is kicking off its 8th Annual Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards program to recognize the Bay Area's outstanding preschool teachers and educators. Nominations of preschool teachers working in any of the nine Bay Area counties will be accepted between April 11th and June 11. Ten teachers will be selected by an independent panel of judges and announced August 1, 2016. Each winner will receive: gift certificates for teaching supplies, Folkmanis puppets, class field trips, media recognition, and a award for display at a public ceremony on September 26, 2016. View PDF

The nomination opening coincides with “The Week of the Young Child,” a National Association for the Education of Young Children campaign. Classroom parents, school directors, and colleagues may submit nominations online at this link: www.tinyurl.com/TeacherAwards2016

Habitot Children's Museum, which is celebrating its 18th anniversary on Saturday, April 16th with free admission, has a long history of partnering with local preschools, social service agencies, early childhood education groups in promoting arts, play and literacy and science in a child's earliest years.

The 8th Annual Bay Area Preschool Teachers Awards is generously sponsored by Folkmanis Puppets, 510 Families, and Mommy Nearest. To become a sponsor, ask questions, or get involved, please e-mail Toni Mikulka, toni@habitot.org.

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening almost eighteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,100,000 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, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers.

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." 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. Annually since 2010, Habitot has been designated a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Habitot participates in the Association of Children’s Museum’s program, “Museum’s For All,” which accepts EBT cards and ensures that all children may enjoy museums regardless of their income.

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