November 15, 2022

Deadline Extended: Apply for the 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

First Up is seeking applications for the 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards.

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 2. An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, November 29 at 2 p.m. EST.

About the 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards

The 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards honor exceptional child care professionals. In 1987, Kay and Fred Lokoff formed the TLLCCF to honor the memory of their daughter Terri, a passionate child care teacher who knew the incredible value of Early Childhood Education and was committed to making a difference by giving children a strong start in their lives.

Child care teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are invited to apply for the awards. Fifty awards are presented each year. Complete eligibility details are available on the First Up website.

Every award recipient receives:

  • a $1,000 cash prize,

  • a trip to Philadelphia for the award ceremony (COVID permitting), and

  • a chance to win the Helene Marks Award with the additional honor of being named the National Child Care Teacher of the Year.

The 2023 Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards Celebration will be held April 29, 2023.

Information Sessions

First Up will be hosting monthly Information Sessions leading up to the Teacher Awards application deadline. If you are struggling with the application or just have questions on how to start, please join the upcoming sessions:


To apply, complete the online application. For those who would like to print and mail their completed application, a downloadable PDF version is available.

More Information

For further questions, please email