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June Sciarra Early Childhood Leadership Award

Recipient will be a child care program administrator who demonstrates:

  • Vision/Inspiration
  • Relationship Building
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Advocacy for Children
  • Sound Early Childhood Education Philosophy

These are the qualities that June Sciarra has modeled for early childhood professionals during her long career of teaching, writing and mentoring a generation of early childhood leaders. She is a passionate leader who is passionate about early childhood education.

Nomination Forms:
The deadline to nominate an administrator for the 2017 award is Sept. 1, 2017.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate for this award?
A coworker, parent, teacher or community representative in the field of early childhood.

What are the requirements for a nominee?

  • An individual program administrator working in the field of early childhood education
  • A minimum of three years leading a star-rated and/or accredited program
  • A minimum of an associate's degree or equivalent

When is the nomination form due?
All nominations are due by Sept. 1, 2017.

When and where will the award be given?

On Oct. 27, 2017, at the Leadership and Early Childhood Conference at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Still have questions?
Call Sadie Bonifas at 513-758-1221 for more information.

Leadership Award’s Namesake

Dorothy June Sciarra
continues to be an active early childhood educator in a variety of settings. She is involved in several community early childhood efforts including board membership at the University of Cincinnati Early Learning Center. She is also active at 4C, participating on many of its training and advisory committees, one of which played a critical role in shaping 4C’s Developing Early Childhood Leaders Seminar.

June served for many years as the head of the University of Cincinnati’s early childhood department with responsibility for early childhood associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. She also served as director of U.C.’s child development laboratory school, serving children and families from a wide range of backgrounds.

Together with her longtime colleague from the University of Cincinnati Anne Dorsey, June coauthored Leaders and Supervisors in Child Care Programs. Originally published in 2002 by Thomson Delmar Learning, a new edition was issued just last year and is still in use in many college classrooms. In 2010, June and Anne were honored with the United Way Impact Award for their work in promoting appropriate early childhood education.

June was the first recipient of the Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award from the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. And in 2007, 4C recognized her work by naming the 4C professional development library in her honor.