Congratulations to all of PennAEYC's VOICE for Children Award Recipients

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children. As the voice for early care and learning, community advocates are an invaluable component to assuring all Pennsylvania’s children get the start that they deserve in school and in life.

The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania recognizing the grassroots leaders whose work impacts the quality of care for young children in diverse settings. Now in its fourth year, the VOICE Award celebrates not only individual award recipients, but the early childhood profession.

2017 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Carol Wong
Director and Owner
Chinatown Learning Center

Read Carol’s Biography

2017 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Sharon Neilson
Woodland Academy Child Development
Center a subsidiary of Greater Philadelphia

Read Sharon’s Biography

2016 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Sharon Easterling
Executive Director
Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children

2015 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Donna Shriver
Founder and President
SmartKids Child Care and Learning Centers

2014 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Khadijah Sabir
Program Director
Lovie Lee's Stars of Tomorrow

2014 finalists:
Sister Barbara, Boss of Elizabeth Seton Center, Inc. in Pittsburgh
Jan Gebicki, Director of Education at the United Way of Westmoreland Conunty
Stacy Lewis, Executive Director of Child Care at Luthercare

2013 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

William Grant
Founder and CEO, Hildebrandt Learning Centers

2013 Finalists:

Beth Hoden, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Westmoreland Community College
Mary Mahoney-Ferster, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension Union County

2012 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Michelle Fina
Associate Child Care Director
Lower Bucks Family YMCA 

2012 Finalists:

Rebecca Groton, Director of Center for Early Childhood Education at Northampton Community College
Wendy Whitesell, Director of Bennett Center at Penn State University Park

2011 VOICE  for Children Award Recipient

Martha Isler
Public Policy Director
Pittsburgh Area Association for the Education of Young Children