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National Christian Director Award


The Association of Christian Early Educators’ National Christian Director Award has been founded to recognize the contributions of Directors who create a high quality Early Education experience.  Directors play a critical role in ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and their families.  As John Maxwell has stated, “everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Our Association has made a fresh commitment in recognizing and honoring those unsung heroes who lead Christian child care centers.  The winner will be recognized at our 2023 Conference.  

ACEE will be awarding the first National Christian Director of the Year Award with the following:

1. $500 cash award 
2. An incredible weekend at Inner Banks Inn in Edenton, NC
3. Personal visit from ACEE President for a presentation of the award
4. Position of honor on ACEE’s website and social media platforms
5. Honor of sitting on the selection committee for the 2024 Award
6. Complimentary ACEE membership for one year

Will you join us in nominating an exceptional Director that has demonstrated outstanding leadership that built a lasting legacy within their community, church, and center?


Nominations are open to all Christian Child Care Directors (ACEE membership is not required)

Must be an active Director

Have at least three years experience in Director’s role

Demonstrate outstanding leadership skills through staff professionalism, morale, and family involvement

Be nominated by a person (who is not a relative) affiliated with the Early Education program (e.g., colleague, administrator, supervisor, parent of a child, etc.)

Nomination Process

1. Let the Director know they are being nominated

2. Submit the Nominee’s personal resume, bio, and accomplishments

3. Tell us why you believe this person should be chosen for this honor and any noteworthy accomplishments

4. Submit three letters from enrolled parents supporting the nomination

5. Include a picture of the nominee for publication 

Selection Process

Nominees will be judged on criteria that includes the following:
  • Educational Achievement
  • Number of Years in Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership
  • Classroom Experience
  • Staff Development
  • Center Operations
  • Financial Management
  • Personal & Professional Achievements
  • Community Involvement
  • Membership in Professional Organization

Applications will be screened and scored by a panel of non-partial Early Education experts. 

1. Applications must be received by March 18, 2023

2. Award will be presented at ACEE’s Conference 

3. Email all nominations to Nichole Kobia
     Write “NOMINATION” in your subject line
     Or mail to:  Nichole Kobia, ACEE, PO Box 6068, Christiansburg, VA 24068

For questions please call 904-573-8831, ext. 102
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