November 23, 2022

Nominations Open for the 2023 Voice for Children Award

Do you know an outstanding early childhood professional who is using their voice to advocate for young children and families? Nominate them for the 2023 Voice for Children Award!

About the Voice Awards

The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC) recognizes the critical role advocacy plays in high quality early learning settings and celebrates those who speak on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children.

The VOICE for Children Award is the only statewide award in Pennsylvania that recognizes early care and education professionals, who are not paid advocates, that go above and beyond their daily work in the field by being grassroots leaders through advocacy and public policy efforts.

The winners will be honored at the VOICE for Children Award Reception and Dinner on Friday, March 31, 2023 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Display dispositions of a model early childhood advocate, including (but not exclusive to) serving as an expert witness, providing public testimony, appearing in media, serving on a board in a public policy capacity, receiving distinctive honors or awards for previous advocacy work, leading advocacy campaigns or actions, working with leaders and elected officials, and/or recognized as an early childhood leader in their community.

  • Be a current member of PennAEYC to be considered.

Nominate an Educator

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, December 9, 2022. To submit a nomination, complete this nomination form and email it to Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Kimberly Early at Please add “2023 VOICE Nomination” in your email subject line.

Visit the PennAEYC website for more information on the VOICE for Children Award Event.

Image: Early learning professionals sit together at tables while participating in a professional development session.