McPhaul teacher awarded 2018 National Child Care Teacher Award

February 20th, 2018

King of Prussia, PA, February 19, 2018– The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) is proud to announce that Dina Costa Treff, from the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center: UGA in Athens, GA, has been selected to receive the 2018 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award.  This exemplary early care and education teacher was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide.  Dina will receive an award of $1,000 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00pm at a special ceremony at Marriot Downtown, Philadelphia, PA.

There are a total of 50 National Child Care Teacher Award recipients for 2018.  Each recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Children’s TYLENOL® Children’s ZYRTEC® Child Care Teacher Awards designed an enhancement project that illustrates the educational, social and emotional benefits for the children in their care. With a grant from the awards program, Dina will implement her project, Creating Social Opportunities for Preschoolers During Outdoor Play.   Costa-Treff stated that My goals for creating these spaces are to provide the children with an environment that will facilitate play among children. The materials will be open ended, developmentally appropriate and will facilitate creative play as well as tie in other domains such as cognitive and language development.”

A committee of national early childhood educators and experts reviewed and scored the applications. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award: $500 to implement their proposed project and $500 to acknowledge their dedication. 

Dating back to the inception of the Teacher Awards program in 1994, the TLLCCF, with the inclusion of the 2018 recipients, will have presented 994 awards totaling more than $955,000 to early care and education teachers and providers for their dedication and excellence.

Child care teachers are being recognized for the important role they play in providing the first learning opportunities for young children. Children attend an early care and education program from as young as 6 weeks of age to five years old.  The teachers, particularly those honored as our national award winners, are respected professionals.  Their curriculum-based lesson plans are designed to further children’s natural creativity and stimulate curiosity to explore.  Teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to reading and writing, expanded vocabulary, creative arts, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach concepts and skills.

When teachers have done their jobs well, they will have instilled a life-long love of learning in their young charges.

About The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation

The TLLCCF has been working for 31 years to make America better by improving early care and education. The Foundation has dedicated its resources to improving the quality of child care for children and supporting and elevating the status of child care teachers and providers.  TLLCCF is a nonprofit, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization established in 1987 by Kay and Fred Lokoff to honor the memory of their daughter Terri Lynne Lokoff, a devoted child care teacher who died tragically in an automobile accident.  The Foundation continues the work of Terri Lynne and those who work in the field of early care and education to ensure that every child has an opportunity to attend a high-quality child care program.

For additional information about the Foundation or the National Child Care Teacher Awards™, please visit or call 610.992.1140.


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