PACCA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Educator of the Year and the 2018 Award of Excellence. The awards recognize contributions made by PACCA members to the early care and education profession. Nominations may be made by non-PACCA members, however only PACCA members can receive the awards. Nominations are due TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018. We appreciate letters from colleagues, families, and others who can provide support to the nomination. Support letters or other materials should be emailed to by July 31, 2018.

The Educator of the Year award honors outstanding service and accomplishments in the delivery of services to children. It is given to an individual at a PACCA member agency who has contributed significantly to the direct care and education of young children. We are seeking nominations for both center-based and family child care educators.

The Award of Excellence honors outstanding service and accomplishments in the field of administration. The award is presented to a member of PACCA who has demonstrated qualities of vision (ability to see possibilities for making things happen and communicating this vision to others), teamwork (ability to work with and support others) and leadership (willingness to reach out to benefit the child care community).

Reminder: Support letters for nominees should be emailed to by July 31, 2018.

Nominees will be contacted by Monday, August 3, 2018 and asked to supply:

1) Resume or a brief write up of their education and work history
2) Director Sign-off (for Educator of the Year nominees)
3) Short essay on one of the following three topic areas:
     • What were the factors that influenced you to become an educator of young children?
     • What can you do to strengthen and improve the early care and education profession?
     • What do you consider to be the major early care and education issues today?

Responses from nominees will be due back by August 15, 2018. Recipients will be notified by August 31, 2018 of the committee's decision, and will be honored at the 2018 ECE Summit in State College in October.

* 1. I am nominating the person below for the following award:

* 2. Nominee Information

* 3. Nominated by:

* 4. Use this space to describe why this person is deserving of this recognition.

We encourage you to submit testimonials & letters of support from children, fellow staff and parents to illustrate your nominee’s exceptional work. Attachments can be faxed to 717-724-9519, emailed to, or mailed to PACCA, 20 Erford Road, Suite 302, Lemoyne, PA 17043.