N4C Program of the Year Award

Do you have an outstanding Campus-affiliated program that does outstanding work on behalf of students, children, families, faculty and staff?  Of course you do!  Please consider applying for the Program of the Year Award.  We awarded our first Program of the Year Award to Regis College at the Conference in Long Beach in March 2017.  The response to this Award was strong, and we anticipate that this year we will have many new applicants.

The Program of the Year (which replaced the former Director of Year award) highlights the full scope of programs’ work, the excellent staff, and the uniqueness and variety of programs, while still recognizing the fine leadership of directors and administrators. Directors and/or staff can submit an application (one per program- We hope that the application will be a group effort reflecting several people’s contributions.  This award process reflects of the wide range of programs represented by our organization.  Take a look at the application on our website and be aware of our deadlines.

September 22, 2021- Applications available on the website.

November 15, 2021- Deadline for Applications.

December 15, 2021- Winner notified

March 21-25, 2022  - Award presented at N4C Annual Conference. 

2021 Program of the Year Award Application




2022 Conference Grants and Awards

Fall 2021 Application for the Spring 2022 Program of the Year

N4C offers 3 different conference grants to help members attend the annual conference by providing a 50% match (with your institution) towards the conference fee. This year’s submissions are due by November 15, 2020.  We will notify conference grant recipients no later than December 15, 2020.   Note:  Members may apply for only one grant each year, and may receive each grant one time. Applications are located on the N4C website.

The Ambassador: Two grants for 50% of two conference fees. NB:  Not available for the 2022 conference.

Eligibility:  A current N4C Member who will be accompanied by a non-member.

 Ambassador Grants are awarded to a current N4C member who embodies the mission and purpose of N4C and is willing to mentor and provide leadership to a colleague (faculty, director, administrator, and teacher) who is not currently an N4C member. 

Rising Star: One 50% grant towards conference fee. 

Eligibility:  N4C member for 3 years or less.

This grant is awarded to a freshman member who has shown a commitment to N4C by being a member for 1-3 years and is designated to support and build new member retention.

Early Childhood Champion: One 50% grant towards conference registration.  

Eligibility:  A current N4C member

This grant is awarded to any N4C member who advocates for young children in their daily life and and/or work.

The Charlie Boulton Award.  A complimentary membership for the subsequent year is provided to a first time attendee at the upcoming conference.  NB:  Not available for the 2022 conference.

Note:  Members need not apply for this award as it is granted at the conference by drawing.


2021 Conference Grants Application


The Awards and Grants Committee is Pleased to Announce the 2020 Recipients

 The Program of the Year is The Ruth Staples Child Development Lab School at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

The Ambassador  recipient is Angela Barnes, Director, Early Childhood Educational Laboratory Preschool, Louisiana State University  

The Rising Star recipient is Brett Copeland, Assistant Director, Child Development Centers at Central Georgia Technical College