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 October. 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.
Award recipient will receive complimentary conference registration, recognition during our event and a one year CCPC of Kansas Inc. membership.
2023 Provider of the Year
CCPC is proud to announce our 2023 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.
Congratulations to our 2023 Provider of the Year April Shuman!
April has been a provider for 30 years and lives in Wichita. She has a wonderful support team made up of her husband Keith, and her adult children as well as previous child care families. April has been a military provider for the Air Force and Army for the last 2.5 years doing Guard and Deployment Care on top of her Monday-Friday families. She runs a play based, outdoor nature-based program and is always looking for ways to improve the childcare. She is currently working towards her NAFCC accreditation and attends many continuing education classes. April enjoys helping other providers establish child cares and being a support person for them.
When asked for a statement about the care April provides, many people offered glowing praise for her work:
April's program shows her drive for quality and her desire to engage professionally in the field.
April elicits professionalism in all she does, and it is evident she strives for quality.
While working towards accreditation April has explored new ways of engaging children in learning, changed her environment to support all ages in her childcare and added to her program. Most recently attaining certification for her outdoor classroom.
April 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 recognized April during the first night of our CCPC PLAY Academy with a short presentation.
Past Providers of the Year
Dawn Kemble Brown
Linda Meinert & Kelly Crowder