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"Preschool Teachers Make A Difference"

Annual Awards & Recognition Contest


Each year, Habitot invites parents, teachers and advocates for early childhood education to join us in recognizing the enormous contributions of preschool teachers in the Bay Area and the importance of a quality preschool experience. Why? Because preschool teachers nurture curiosity and confidence in young children, build their social and emotional skills, inspire their imaginations, and open the doors to lifelong learning.

See List of 2016 Winners (in bold) and Nominees here.

Habitot’s “PRESCHOOL TEACHERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE” Awards will be given to ten outstanding preschool educators this year. The contest coincides with Habitot’s 18th birthday in April and nominations open during the national Week of the Young Child.

Thank you to our 2016 Judges:

Joan Suflita
Quality Improvement Coach

Deborah Matthews
Educator & Berkeley Civic Leader

Asiya Jabbar, MA. Ed
Reaching Beyond Care Early & 2015 PTMAD Winner

• April 11 Nomination period opens
• June 11 Nominations due by 5 pm
• August 1 Winners Announced
• Sept.26 Award Ceremony

‘BEE’ A SPONSOR OF THE Bay Area’s 2016
“Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Awards

To become a sponsor, ask questions, or get involved, please e-mail Toni Mikulka,

If you have any questions about the awards, you would like to become a sponsor, or are seeking to learn more ways to become involved with this important event, please e-mail or call Toni Mikulka, Habitot's Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards Coordinator (and Habitot's Marketing and Development Manager) at, (510) 647-1111 ext. 17

Thank you to our lead sponsors:
First 5 Mommy Nearest

Caregiver Cafés

Spanish speaking caregivers are invited to meet and share experiences about the fun and challenges of caring for the children of others one weekday morning a month from 10:00 am–11:00 am in Habitot's classroom annex. (Caregiver Cafes do not take place during the summer months).

During each session, facilitated in Spanish, children will be occupied with art and craft activities nearby led by Habitot staff. Coffee and pastries are provided. The suggested donation is $10 per adult, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Attendees and their children receive FREE admission to Habitot following the Cafe where you can put new ideas into action. To receive email updates about Caregiver Cafés, please contact us at 510-647-1111 ×16 or

Our next FREE caregiver gathering is:

February 15, 2017 • 10:00am-11:00am

Thanks to Our Sponsor

Caregiver Cafés are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation

Sam Mazza

Playworker Training

With funding in 2009, from the Life is Good Foundation, Habitot partnered with Project Joy to bring their renowned Playmaker Training program to 30 preschool teachers in the Bay Area. This revolutionary program helps teachers use play to heal and strengthen the lives of children whose lives have been deeply impacted by fear and trauma.

As a founding member of the Bay Area Coalition for Play, which supports teachers, recreation leaders and others in advancing children's play, Habitot may help coordinate future playworker trainings. If interested, please contact us for information at 510-647-1111 x11 or

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