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Children's Center's Stephenson Receives National Child Care Teacher Award

Story posted January 25, 2010

Heather Stephenson, co-leader of the Children's Center's Older Toddler program, has been awarded the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award.

Stephenson joined the Bowdoin College Children's Center in November 1997 as a preschool caregiver, and in 2003 volunteered to head up the newly designed Older Toddler Program.

She graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, Mass., with a Bachelors degree in human development with a concentration in early childhood education and with a specialty in teaching young children with special needs.

Stephenson is one of 50 winners of the award and plans to attend the awards ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa., in April.

About the Award

Since 1994, the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award has acknowledged the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Of the top 10 recipients, one is selected to receive the Helene Marks Award as National Child Care Teacher of the Year.

As part of the application process, each applicant is asked to design an enhancement project for the children in their classroom illustrating the educational, social and emotional benefits from the project. A committee of early childhood educators and specialists review the applications.

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