for Excellence in Early Care and Education The New Jersey Early Care and Education Alliance is pleased to announce the Aletha R. Wright Award for Excellence in Early Care and Education,previously given annually by the New Jersey Child Care Advisory Council.
Once again, the award will be presented to an individual in the New Jersey early care and education community who exemplifies one or more of the following characteristics:
•Influenced, advanced, or contributed to the field of early care and education.
•Holds, or has held, a leadership position in the New Jersey child care and early education community.
•Supports and strengthens efforts to expand and enhance child care and early education programs and services for families as needed.
•Promotes linkages among individuals, agencies, organizations, and government bodies on behalf of children and families in New Jersey.
Individuals and organizations may submit nominations and the individual’s resume; equal weight will be given to each nomination, whether from an individual or an organization. Nominees will remain eligible for three years.
This year’s Aletha R. Wright Award for Excellence in Early Care and Education will be presented by the New Jersey Early Care and Education Alliance at the Aletha R. Wright Legacy Symposium on May 26, 2016, at the Mercer Oaks Clubhouse, Princeton Junction, New Jersey 08550.
Deadline for Nominations: Thursday, March 30, 2016
Nominations and current resume may be mailed, faxed or emailed to:
The award honors Aletha R. Wright (1949-1994), who served tirelessly for the benefit of children and families throughout New Jersey and the United States. Aletha was a charter member of the Child Care Advisory Council and represented the Department of Human Services and the Division of Youth and Family Services during her appointment as director of the Department’s Office of Child Care Development. She later became assistant director in the Division of Family Development and worked in the Office of Policy and Planning in the Governor’s Office. In 1993, Aletha was elected to the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Previous award recipients are:
1995 Sue Leggoe, Camden County early childhood educator
1996 Steve Eberhardt, director of the F. M. Kirby Children's Center of the Madison Area YMCA; national YMCA child care advocate; former vice-chair of the Child Care Advisory Council
1997 Tony O’Flaherty*, founding member of the Newark Preschool Council; former vice-chair of the Child Care Advisory Council and longtime children's advocate; *deceased
1998 Edna Ranck, former long-term coordinator of the Child Care Advisory Council and early care and education historian
1999 Maxine Fischel, former chair of the Child Care Advisory Council's Professional Development Committee and member of the NJ Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education's Policy Advisory Board
2000 Beverly Lynn, former DHS child care administrator and executive director of the Newark Preschool Council
2001 Kay Gellert, founder of the statewide Health in Child Care Conference and longtime champion for early childhood educators
2002 Marcia Schoolmaster, consulting director and child care action director at Programs for Parents, Inc., and former co-chair of the Child Care Advisory Council's Research Committee
2003 Wilbert Mitchell, executive director of Respond, Inc. in Camden, past chairperson of the Child Care Advisory Council and co-chair of its Finance and Resource & Development Committee
2004 Patricia Mennuti, executive director of Community Coordinated Child Care of Union County, former professional development chair for the NJ Association of Resource and Referral Agencies and NJACCRRA’s liaison to Professional Impact New Jersey
2005 Nancy Thomson, executive director of The Child Care Connection, the Mercer County child care resource and referral agency, and current president of NJACCRRA
2007 Suzanne Williamson, executive director of Monday Morning, Inc.; president of the National Association for Family Child Care; immediate past chair of the Child Care Advisory Council
2008 Thomas Zsiga, assistant director, Passaic County 4Cs and past chair of the Child Care Advisory Council
2 011 Terri Buccarelli, former executive director of the Office of Early Care and Education in the NJ Department of Human Services and current president of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators
2012 Beverly Wellons, Region III Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Office of Child Care, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and former assistant director of Child Care Operations in the NJ Department of Human Services
2013 Diane Genco, executive director of NJSACC, The Network for NJ Afterschool Communities and has served on several Board of Directors such as Westfield Y, Plainfield Y, the National Afterschool Association and was appointed by Gov. McGreevy to NJ After 3.
2014 David J. Harris, Jr., executive director of a child care center in New Brunswick that serves low income families and sponsor of Mae J. Strong Child Development Center. David is a columnist and radio talk show host. David has dedicated his life to addressing child care, early education and public policy issues that affect the well-being of children and their families. He has been a member and has served as president for both the NJ Child Care Advisory Council and the DHS Policy Advisory Board.
2015 Mary Jane Di Paolo, assistant director of program operations for over 21 years at Community Child Care Solutions in Middlesex and Somerset counties. She is a strong leader and advocate among her peers and the early care and education community. Mary Jane provides stellar services in the child care resource and referral industry as well.
The nomination must be detailed in a one- or two-page narrative that highlights the nominee’s accomplishments and explains why the nominee is deserving of consideration for the award. Attach a current resume and a minimum of two other resources, including newspaper and/or magazine article(s), letter(s) of support and/or research paper(s) to support the nomination. Please Address Each of the Following Questions/Statements in Your Nomination: A. Provide a few examples of how the nominee’s work has influenced the New Jersey child care and early education community at large.
B. In what ways has your nominee exhibited the characteristics of leadership, vision, cooperation and commitment as exemplified by Aletha R. Wright?
C. List efforts that the nominee has made to support, strengthen and enhance child care and early education programs and services.
D. What leadership positions has the nominee held in the child care and early education community? Describe the accomplishments, programs and activities, and indicate dates, if you know them.
E. Has the nominee made or promoted connections among individuals, agencies, organizations and government bodies on behalf of children and families? If so, how?
F. Share a story about your nominee that exemplifies the spirit of the Aletha R. Wright Award.
The more pertinent information the committee has, the greater the chance for your nominee to be considered as only the submitted information will be considered. Deadline for Nominations: March 30, 2016
Nominations with resume may be mailed, faxed or emailed to:
Aletha R. Wright Award Nomination
New Jersey Early Care & Education Alliance
PO Box 1322
Williamstown, NJ 08094 Fax: 856-582-4714
ALETHA R. WRIGHT AWARD
for Excellence in Early Care and Education
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