PURPOSE OF THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
The NAECTE Foundation is a 501(c) tax-exempt organization that raises funds for the benefit of early childhood teacher educators and the children and communities they serve. The goals of the NAECTE Foundation are:
- Advocacy of NAECTE goals;
- Promotion and support of research projects related to Early Childhood Teacher Education; and
- Provision of scholarships for early childhood teacher education students.
NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award (New!)
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is advocacy of NAECTE goals. For that reason, it has created the NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award to support members’ advocacy efforts. Any current member(s) of NAECTE may apply for funding to support an advocacy project related to early childhood teacher education that is in progress or will begin when the award is received. The application deadline for proposals is June 1. To view application procedures and criteria, click here.
NAECTE Foundation Research Award
Another goal of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support research projects related to early childhood teacher education. Through NAECTE conferences and publications, many NAECTE members have developed their capacities as researchers. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation offers a monetary award to encourage early childhood teacher educators to conduct research that will have relevance for policy and advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education. The Foundation is accepting proposals for research on early childhood teacher education. The application deadline for these proposals is June 1. To view application procedures and scoring rubric, click here.
Past recipients of the NAECTE Foundation Research Award are:
Cynthia Paris of the University of Delaware received the first research award in December of 2005.
Muriel Rand of New Jersey City University received the second research award in 2007.
Susan Recchia of Teachers College, Columbia University, received the third award in 2008.
Kathryn Castle of Oklahoma State University received the fourth award in 2009.
Desalyn De-Souza of Syracuse University received the fifth award in 2010.
Anna Hall of the University of Kentucky received the sixth award in 2011.
Karen LaParo of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, received the seventh award in 2012.
NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
A third goal of the NAECTE Foundation is to provide scholarships to doctoral students to support data collection and completion of the dissertation. In 2011, the Foundation awarded its first Doctoral Scholarship of $1,000 to Sherry Been of Oklahoma State University. This year, the Foundation again invites doctoral students, who are completing dissertation research that addresses critical issues and/or innovative practices related to early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development, to apply for this scholarship. The application deadline is June 1. To view the application guidelines and scoring rubric, click here.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
You can help to support NAECTE's goals for early childhood teacher education by contributing to the NAECTE Foundation. You may designate your contribution to any of the Foundation's three goals. If you wish to use your contribution to mark a special event or to commemorate the memory of a loved one, the Foundation will send an acknowledgment to the designated recipient indicating your contribution on her or his behalf. All contributions are tax-deductible.
We welcome gifts of all sizes, but hope that you will consider, at some point, becoming a member of the Circles of Giving or joining a new level in the Circles of Giving. (Click here for a list of Friends of the Foundation whose cumulative contributions make them members of the Circles of Giving.)
To contribute to the Foundation, please complete the form on the Foundation Brochure and send to:
c/o Dr. Frances Rust, Treasurer
96 Round Hill Drive, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Or, complete the Online Donation Form and make your contribution using PayPal.
To learn more about the various ways to make your planned gift, visit NAECTEF's Overview Chart for Charitable Giving, its Estate and Gift Planning Guide, and its Legacy Brochure.
HISTORY OF THE NAECTE FOUNDATION
After much discussion among former NAECTE presidents, the NAECTE Foundation was formed in 1998. Four former presidents Doris Bergen, Doris P. Fromberg, Sara W. Lundsteen, and Janet B. Taylor signed the Articles of Incorporation. Working together, the group of past presidents then began the work of collecting donations in order to implement the goals of the Foundation. The membership of the Foundation includes all Past Presidents of NAECTE (Mary York, Verna Hildebrand, Sara Lundsteen, Leah Adams, David Day, K. Eileen Allen, Joanne Herwig, Anne Dorsey, Harlan Hansen, Doris Fromberg, Mary Jensen, Frances Rust, Christine Chaille, Kathryn Castle, Joan Isenberg, Janet Taylor, Doris Bergen, Amanda Branscombe, Elaine Surbeck, Marjorie Fields, and Nancy Freeman). To view the Bylaws of the NAECTE Foundation, click here.