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AfterSchool Professional Network Quest for Excellence Award

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The Quest for Excellence Foundation

The Quest for Excellence Foundation increases professional recognition of after-school professionals through a national award program. This program was established in honor of Rich Scofield, a longtime leader in the school-age care field who passed away in 2004.

Rich committed his career to the support and development of the people who provide enriching and nurturing environments for children and youth when they are not in school. The Quest for Excellence Foundation's annual award honors the dedication and commitment of these everyday heroes who spend their time with children during out-of-school hours.

What: A national award to recognize outstanding contributions of school-age care providers. The recipient receives a one-year membership to the National AfterSchool Association, paid registration to its annual conference, airfare to the conference and hotel accommodations for three nights, and a one-year subscription to School-Age NOTES. The recipient will also be featured at the opening session of the conference.

Go to www.schoolagenotesfoundation.org to see videos featuring past award winners.

Requirements: This award is exclusively for frontline staff who have worked directly with children every day in an after-school program for at least two years. Site directors are eligible only if they also work directly with children. Candidates must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as an employee of a school-age care program that meets five days a week. The program can be based in a school, neighborhood location, military base or private program. A supervisor, parent, board member or teacher, etc., must submit the application on behalf of the nominee.

How: Complete the application form here, for either electronic submission or to print a form to mail.

When: Applications are due Nov. 1. The award recipient will be selected by Dec. 15.

Questions: Contact Tracey Ballas at inbiz4kids@aol.com.

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