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.
2021 Provider of the Year
CCPC is proud to announce our 2021 Provider of the Year!
The Provider of the Year Award is our most prestigious award. Each year it is presented to an outstanding provider that exemplifies professionalism and quality in family child care.
Being considered for Provider of the Year is a rigorous process. It begins by a deserving provider being nominated by friends, families, or peers. After a provider accepts the nomination, they are given a self-assessment form and notebook to be completed and returned. Their notebook is a compilation of examples showcasing the quality in their family child care program. Notebooks are judged by three anonymous and objective professionals in the early childhood field.
This year we had over 20 nominees for provider of the year and 5 providers that accepted the nomination. 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!
Turi Berger – Wichita
Heather Patrick – Winfield
Taylor Lambert – Hutchinson
Jamie Welch – Hutchinson
Kristy Hobby - Salina
Although all the nominees were excellent and the decision was tough, one provider was judged to be the most outstanding: Congratulations to our 2021 Provider of the Year Jamie Welch!
Jamie is a married mother of five children, three adults children and two children in grade school and also the grandma of two with one on the way. She has been operating a full play and learn nature program in her daycare home 15 miles north of Hutchison for the last five years. As a family child care provider, her goal is to “provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially at their own pace.”
When asked for a statement about the care Jamie provides, many people offered glowing praise for her work:
“Jaime continues to show up every single day for those kids, to lend a shoulder to cry on, someone to cheer them on, and someone to teach them as they grow older.” - child care parent
“She deserves praise, a raise from each family, and her name engraved in a trophy.” - child care parent
“I love how Jaime makes it a point to keep the kids healthy and introduce them to new things, but also understanding and respecting that kids have their own set of boundaries.” - child care parent
Jamie will be presented with a CCPC Provider of the Year gift basket and plaque. She will also receive a one-year membership and complimentary event registration. We will recognize Jamie during our Saturday Kick Off during our virtual event with a short presentation. Congratulations Jamie, and thank you for your dedication to providing high quality child care in your community!
Past Providers of the Year
Dawn Kemble Brown
Linda Meinert & Kelly Crowder