Innovative Ideas Award 2018-05-22T09:00:31+00:00

Announcing the 2018 Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award Program

AT LEADING FOR CHILDREN, we know that early childhood educators are always finding new and creative ways to nurture and inspire children–our next generation of critical thinkers and leaders.

The Leading for Children Innovative Ideas Award is an opportunity to identify the great ideas of early childhood program educators and to share the most promising, nationally, to reach the early learning community and ultimately, more children.

In 2017 the first place award went to Kathy Kourapis, Childcare Director of the Riverview High School Cyesis Teen Parent Program in Sarasota, Florida. You can read about her idea, and those of our other winners, by downloading Enhancing Program Quality

In 2018 we will be looking for submissions that focus on three areas:

  • Enhancing early literacy
  • Increasing family engagement
  • Fostering professionalism and collaboration among staff

The winning idea (applicant and her program) will receive $2,500 and a plaque for display, the runner up will receive $1,000. Ten honorable mentions will each receive $100 worth of books from the The Book Vine for Children, our colleagues in Chicago.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of six expert judges and the awards will be announced by June 24, 2018. Winning submissions will be shared nationally on the Leading for Children website, in a free downloadable resource available on the website, and in a national communications campaign.


  • You must have an easily-replicated innovation that is having a positive impact on child development and learning
  • Your idea must align with the foundational principles and core values of Leading for Children found on our website

Deadline: Applications must be received between March 1 and May 21, 2018.

How to Enter: Submission period has ended. Look for the announcement of the 2019 Award program in early 2019.

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