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Hunter Advocacy Award

This award is reserved for an individual who have shown outstanding devotion in supporting Family Child Care Providers in Kansas and whose leadership has promoted quality standards in the field. It is given annually at our professional event in April.

The Hunter Advocacy Award was established in 1998 in recognition of the critical role Kharon Hunter played in the formation of the state organization for family child care providers and her continued advocacy efforts. Kharon was well known throughout the State as a dedicated trainer and advocate, and an ever-present source of knowledge and information to all who knew her.


Kharon lost her battle with breast cancer after a 14 year struggle and passed away in December 2000. However, she left behind a legacy including many family child care providers who were proud to call her a mentor and friend.

This award serves as a continuing tribute to her life and untiring efforts on behalf of children, families and the profession of family child care.


2022 Hunter Award Recipient

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CCPC is honored to name Marie Treichel as the Hunter Advocacy Award recipient for 2022.  

Marie works tirelessly in her community to support family child care providers. She creates a network of support by sharing information. She has even been known to drive to fellow child care programs, just to drop off paperwork or share information about a new grant opportunity.

Marie mentored and encouraged new providers to open and supported established providers to stay open during the pandemic. Marie also once worked with multiple agencies to acquire necessary materials to help a new provider start up their home day care.

Marie also advocates for family child care. She also helped to guide community partners to providing needed cleaning materials to providers during the pandemic. She has worked with community philanthropists to become more inclusive with their advocacy. University of Kansas, Douglas County's United Way, and other entities rose to support early childhood educators because of Marie's advocacy


Thank you for everything you do to support family child care!

Past Hunter Award Recipients

1998     Kharon Hunter

1998     Leadell Ediger

1999     Bill Anderson

2000    Becky Woerz

2001     Reva Wywadis

2004    Laurie Pigg

2005    Carolyn Weinhold

2006    Jane Wieler

2008    Janet Newton

2012      Beth Reeder

2013      Audra Kennison

2014      Mary Murphy

2015      Maureen Kitzi

2016      Carlos Gomez

2017      Bev Long

2018      Rachel Sisson

2019     Dawn Brown

2020    Caroline Teter

2021      Mary Baskett

2022.    Marie Treichel 

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