Provider of the Year Award
The Provider of the Year Award is presented annually at the CCPC Conference. Being selected as a Provider of the Year is not an easy task, but a well-deserved award. It begins by someone nominating a deserving provider during our call for POY nominations in our November e-newsletter. After all Nominees are received, they are sent a self-assessment form and notebook to be completed and returned, usually within a 6-8-week period. After notebooks are judged by three competent judges selected outside of the CCPC board. The judges will judge providers solely on the information submitted (following a rubric of CCPC Standards for quality childcare), not on their personal knowledge of the provider.
All providers will then be sent a letter of thanks for participating and notifying them if they are a finalist.
The selected provider is then notified so that they may prepare a short speech to deliver at the CCPC Conference, when the award is presented. The recipient is also welcome to invite the family members to be a part of their celebration.
Needless to say, a recipient of the Provider of the Year Award should feel greatly honored as it is a Great honor and recognition of all the hard work they do.
Provider of the Year will receive a complimentary event registration, one night hotel stay and one year CCPC of Kansas membership.
2020 Provider of the Year
This year we had 7 nominees for provider of the year. Each nominee in this large and competitive field of providers was nominated by someone in their community who recognized their unique and exceptional commitment to providing quality child care. We would like to acknowledge their accomplishments and applaud their hard work!
Amy Ornelas - Chanute
Stephanie Timmons - Wichita
Tammy Starkey - Wichita
Tammy Terry and Lisa Lamphier - Wichita
Heather Patrick - Wichita
Karen Clemens - Wichita
Although all the nominees were excellent and the decision was tough, one provider was judged to be the most outstanding: Congratulations to our 2020 Provider of the Year Tammy Starkey!
Tammy has been dedicated to promoting the growth and development of the whole child for 23 years! She holds two degree in early childhood education and business management, and she is a participant in the Links to Quality pilot program. She’s a loving wife of 33 years and enjoys spending time with her two grown children and 5 grandchildren. Tammy says her program is focused on “providing children with a safe environment, where they may thrive in the experience of a happy and fun early childhood development program through play.”
When asked for a statement about the care Tammy provides, many people offered glowing praise for her work:
“Tammy’s passion for these children shows in everything she does, from her devotion to her families as a whole, to ensuring feels loved individually.” – Jean Kootz
“I have never seen anyone work as hard as she does on a daily basis” - Jennifer
Past Providers of the Year
Dawn Kemble Brown
Linda Meinert & Kelly Crowder