Honoring the Profession 2013

June 3, 2013

ChildCareGroup and leaders in the early childhood development field came together to recognize Dallas-area early childhood professionals for their extraordinary talents and dedication.

The “Honoring the Profession” awards ceremony and dinner was held Wednesday, May 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center. The special evening’s theme was “Teachers Change the Future!” and was sponsored by IBM and Crowne Plaza Dallas-Market Center.

“It is our privilege to honor the individuals who are going above and beyond in the field of early childhood education,” said Tori Mannes, President and CEO of ChildCareGroup. “Each day they invest in our most valuable asset — our children — and together we are equipping the next generation in Dallas for success.”


ChildCareGroup’s Sonya Bemporad Excellence in Child Care Award was presented to Cheryl Middleton-Davis, of Martin Luther King ChildCareGroup Center.


ChildCareGroup’s Sonya Bemporad Excellence in Child Care Award was presented to Shavon Ransom, of Bock ChildCareGroup Center.


ChildCareGroup’s Elaine Krause Award was presented to Marriel Webb, owner/operator of Braswell Child Development Center, Braswell Kids Too, Kids Concepts Child Development Center and Joyful Noise.


ChildCareGroup’s Healthy Start, Healthy Children Award of Excellence was presented to Greenville Avenue Child Development Center, accepted by Raymond Hart.


DAEYC’s Alzenia Hunter Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Karen Trammell, of First Kids Richardson.


DAEYC’s Early Childhood Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Teri Budde, Director of First Kids Richardson.


DAEYC’s Margaret Cone Impact Award was presented to Felicia Bluitt.


DAEYC’s Pat Kennedy Teacher Educator Award was presented to Dr. Deborah Diffily, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Methodist University.


DAEYC’s Early Childhood Trainer of the Year Award was presented to Linda Bardales, of Educational First Steps.


DAEYC’s Wanda Meshack Smith Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Richard Cinclair, Dean of Social Sciences and Human Services at Eastfield College.


DAEYC’s Academic Scholarship was presented to Myshundre T. Davis.


DAEYC’s Joanie Pieper TAEYC Conference Award was presented to Maria Roman, of Mi Escuelita Preschool.


Special thanks to our event Sponsors and Partners

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Bright Horizons
Child Care Licensing
Dallas AEYC
DCCCD-Eastfield College
Head Start of Greater Dallas
Mi Escuelita Preschool
Parker-Chase Preschool

Capital for Kids at Bock and Landauer ChildCareGroup Center

June 19, 2012

Thanks to our friend Howard Hong, a Capital for Kids member, and his friends Paul Russell and Ryan Landon, our children at Bock and Landauer now have newly assembled Young Explorer™ computers housed in the Little Tikes™ units. These computers were generously donated by IBM KidSmart Early Learning Centers.   

We thank our special volunteers for assembling these units. Our children love to practice their math, science and language skills on their new computers!

ChildCareGroup Joins Dallas Early Childhood Leaders to ‘Honor the Profession’

June 4, 2012

ChildCareGroup and leaders in the early childhood development field came together to recognize Dallas-area early childhood professionals for their extraordinary talents and dedication.  The “Honoring the Profession” awards ceremony and dinner was held Thursday, May 31st at the Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center.  The special evening’s theme was “Teachers Change the Future!” celebrating the outstanding work of early childhood professionals and was sponsored by IBM.

Hundreds of professionals attended the event, recognizing those who play an instrumental part in the educational development of children from birth to age 5.

“Early childhood professionals have a profound impact on the children they serve, greatly affecting their present and future development,” said ChildCareGroup President/CEO, Tori Mannes.  “We want everyone to become more aware of the significance of this profession.  The work they do is so incredibly important – not just to the children served, but to our society’s future.”

View event photos, HERE.

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Honoring the Profession & IBM

June 14, 2011

On June 9, 2011 we recognized the outstanding work of early childhood professionals in Dallas, Texas at the Honoring the Profession event. This event was sponsored by our friends at IBM, who have a rich history of supporting early childhood education through their IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program.

To view pictures of the Honoring the Profession event, click here
To watch the IBM video (created by ChildCareGroup), click here

Children at a ChildCareGroup center using the Young Explorer™

The IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program integrates new interactive teaching and learning activities using the latest technology into the pre-kindergarten curricula. IBM’s KidSmart program includes the Young Explorer™, a computer housed in brightly colored, child-friendly Little Tikes™ furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language.

ChildCareGroup is able to offer this technology at each of our child development centers, thanks to donations from IBM. Since the inception of the KidSmart Early Learning Program in 1998, IBM has donated more than 50,000 Young Explorers to schools and nonprofit organizations in 60 countries, reaching more than 100,000 teachers and serving more than 10 million students.