Photo: Micaela Bedell for Strategies for Children
Photo: Micaela Bedell for Strategies for Children

It’s spring, and it’s time for the 14th Annual Early Educators Awards Gala, hosted by the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children.

This year’s gala will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Amy O’Leary, the director of our Early Education for All campaign.

The gala celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of early educators. So please nominate an early educator for an award. The deadline for nominations has been extended.

You can nominate someone for one of the following six categories:

– Leadership & Management: for being a strong presence in the field of early education and care; working to improve awareness of the importance of early education; and understanding the policies and procedures that are necessary to support a quality early education program.

– Relationships: awarded to an early childhood educator who encourages each child’s sense of community, individual worth, and belonging.

– Curriculum: for educators who plan instruction for children that is developmentally appropriate and based on children’s individual needs.

– Physical Environment: for an educator who creates spaces for children and families that foster self-esteem, comfort, and a sense of security, with an aesthetic eye for creating environments that promote learning and development.

– Family Partnership: for educators who have collaborative relationships with children and families that are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture.

– STEM: for educators who inspire children to explore and discover our world through science, technology, engineering, and math; as well as encouraging children to become stewards of our environment.

As we blogged last year: “BAEYC will also present the Abigail Eliot Award to honor an early childhood professional who has made an outstanding commitment to young children and to the early childhood profession through work done on behalf of the association as well as for distinguished professional achievement. The award is named after Abigail Adams Eliot, a pioneer in early childhood education and in training teachers of young children.”

So please nominate a great early educator. And join us at the Gala on Friday, April 3, 2015, to celebrate the early educators who have made outstanding contributions over the past year. They are a gift to our children and a credit to the field.