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Together Counts Smart from the Start Awards


Sponsored by Discovery Education

Contact:Discovery Education
One Discovery Pl.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 800.323.9084 (Toll-free)
Description:The Smart from the Start Awards are designed to reward preschool programs, including Head Start programs, for developing effective nutrition and physical activity action plans to improve wellness of children and adults in the program. Teachers apply on behalf of their schools, with all prizes awarded to the winning preschool programs.

Eligible applicants must be at least age 21 and employed in an early childhood center or a US elementary school with a prekindergarten or Head Start program. More than one teacher from the same program may apply, but each teacher may represent only one class or group of children. Homeschool programs are not eligible to enter. To apply, preschool teachers must develop an action plan to ultimately create long-term improvements for balancing nutrition and physical activity in the preschool community. The action plan must be the entrantís original work. Applying teachers should review the rules and judging criteria, both posted online, for guidance in developing an action plan that meets the criteria. Teachers are expected to incorporate materials from Together Countís Energy Balance Prekindergarten curriculum for ages three to five.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):One grand-prize winner receives $20,000; 10 second-prize winners each receive $2,500; and all winning schools receive a set of books valued at $1,000.
Deadline(s):Applications are due March 2, 2017.
Focus:Early Childhood, Family/Social Services
Grade Level(s):PreK
Content Area(s): Health, Physical Education
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Health Literacy
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