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Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Scholarship honors memory of former local early childhood education executive who dedicated her life to children and families

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship

Diane Stout, former executive director of Circles of Learning in Rockford who suddenly passed away in 2013, dedicated her life to children. In 2015, Early Learning Council of the Rockford Area created the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship through Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Diane’s advocacy for children and families throughout Rockford and the State of Illinois.

As a staunch supporter for early childhood development, Diane was a leader among the professional community, having served on several boards and committees including Harlem Community Center Board, Illinois Action for Children, and United Way of Rock River Valley. In 2011, she was among the original team of volunteer community leaders that developed United Way’s Success By 6 school readiness collaboration. A year later, she was instrumental in helping United Way launch a Success By 6 home visiting program, which is designed to support at-risk parents of children ages birth to three with pre-literacy development and resources to build a home reading library for their children.

The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship is open to applicants who are current childcare center employees and are pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood or a childcare director credential. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. For more details on the scholarship, visit www.cfnil.org.

 


 

Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River Valley

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