PURPOSE OF THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
The NAECTE Foundation is a 501(c) tax-exempt organization that raises funds for the benefit of early childhood teacher educators and the children and communities they serve. The goals of the NAECTE Foundation are:
- Advocacy of NAECTE goals;
- Promotion and support of research projects related to Early Childhood Teacher Education; and
- Provision of scholarships for Early Childhood Teacher Education students.
NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is advocacy of NAECTE goals. For that reason, it has created the NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award to recognize members who have demonstrated their effectiveness as advocates for programs and/or policies that support quality programming for young children. This award comes with a $500 honorarium. The application deadline for proposals is June 1. Email the proposal to the Advocacy Award Committee Chairperson at NKFUSC@gmail.com. To view application procedures and criteria, click here.
NAECTE Foundation Awards for Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support research projects related to early childhood teacher education. Many NAECTE members have developed their capacities as researchers by presenting at NAECTE conferences and writing for its journal. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation offers two $2000 awards to encourage early childhood teacher educators to conduct research that will have relevance for practice, policy, or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education. The Early Career Research Award is designated for non-tenured, full-time faculty with up to and including 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position. The Established Career Research Award is designated for a member who is tenured or has more than 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position.
All complete applications will undergo blind review conducted by three or more Foundation members. Application Deadline for these awards: June 1.
Email the proposal to the Research Award Committee Chairperson, at NKFUSC@gmail.com. Indicate NAECTEF Early Career Research Award Proposal or NAECTEF Established Career Research Award Proposal as the e-mail subject.
To view the description and details about the application process for the Early Career Research Award, click here.
To view the description and details about the application process for the Established Career Research Award, click here.
Research award rubric is available here.
Past recipients of the NAECTE Foundation Research Award are:
- Cynthia Paris of the University of Delaware received the first research award in 2005.
- Muriel Rand of New Jersey City University received the second research award in 2007.
- Susan Recchia of Teachers College, Columbia University, received the third award in 2008.
- Kathryn Castle of Oklahoma State University received the fourth award in 2009.
- Desalyn De-Souza of Syracuse University received the fifth award in 2010.
- Anna Hall of the University of Kentucky received the sixth award in 2011.
- Karen LaParo of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, received the seventh award in 2012.
- Christopher Brown of the University of Texas, Austin, received the eighth award in 2013.
NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
A third goal of the NAECTE Foundation is to provide scholarships of $1,000 to doctoral students to support collection of data and completion of the dissertation. In 2011, the Foundation awarded its first Doctoral Scholarship of $1,000 to Sherry Been of Oklahoma State University. This year, the Foundation again invites doctoral students, who are completing dissertation research that addresses critical issues and/or innovative practices related to early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development, to apply for this scholarship. The application deadline is June 1. Email the proposal to the Doctoral Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at NKFUSC@gmail.com . Indicate NAECTEF Doctoral Scholarship Proposal as the e-mail subject. To view the application guidelines and scoring rubric, click here.
Past recipients of the Doctoral Scholarship are:
- Sherry Been of Oklahoma State University received the first doctoral scholarship in 2011.
- Michelle Clevenger of the University of South Carolina received the second doctoral scholarship in 2013.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
You can help to support NAECTE’s goals for early childhood teacher education by contributing to the NAECTE Foundation. You may designate your contribution to any of the Foundation’s three goals. If you wish to use your contribution to mark a special event or to commemorate the memory of a loved one, the Foundation will send an acknowledgment to the designated recipient indicating your contribution on her or his behalf. All contributions are tax-deductible.
We welcome gifts of all sizes, but hope that you will consider, at some point, becoming a member of the Circles of Giving or joining a new level in the Circles of Giving. (Click here for a list of Friends of NAECTE whose cumulative contributions make them members of the Circles of Giving.)
Making a donation to the Foundation is convenient. You can complete the form on the Foundation Brochure and mail the form and your check to:
c/o Dr. Frances Rust
University of Pennsylvania, 3700 Walnut Street, Room 439
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Or, you can complete the Online Donation Form and make your contribution using PayPal.
To learn more about the various ways to make a major gift or to include the Foundation in your estate plan, visit NAECTEF’s Overview Chart for Charitable Giving, its Estate and Gift Planning Guide, its Legacy Brochure, and its Record of Enhanced Legacy Gifts.
HISTORY OF THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
After much discussion among former NAECTE presidents, the NAECTE Foundation was formed in 1998. Four former presidents Doris Bergen, Doris P. Fromberg, Sara W. Lundsteen, and Janet B. Taylor signed the Articles of Incorporation. Working together, the group of past presidents then began the work of collecting donations in order to implement the goals of the Foundation. The membership of the Foundation includes all Past Presidents of NAECTE (Mary York, Verna Hildebrand, Sara Lundsteen, Leah Adams, David Day, K. Eileen Allen, Joanne Herwig, Anne Dorsey, Harlan Hansen, Doris Fromberg, Mary Jensen, Frances Rust, Christine Chaille, Kathryn Castle, Joan Isenberg, Janet Taylor, Doris Bergen, Amanda Branscombe, Elaine Surbeck, Marjorie Fields, Nancy Freeman, and Sara Davis). To view the Bylaws of the NAECTE Foundation, click here.