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September 2014

OSU-OKC Graduate Receives High Recognition for Child Care Teaching

OSU-OKC alumna Judy Payne.

OSU-OKC alumna Judy Payne smiles during the 2014 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards in Pennsylvania. Payne was one of the award winners honored during the ceremony, which is one of the highest recognitions in child care for teachers.

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) recently named OSU-Oklahoma City alumna Judy Payne as one of the 2014 Terri Lynne
Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award winners, one of the highest recognitions in child care for teachers.

Payne graduated from OSU-OKC in 2010 with an associate degree in early care education. Payne has worked in early childhood for the past 23 years and as master teacher at INTEGRIS Hospital/The Children’s Place for eight years.

“I was a working, non-traditional student and, for me, OSU-OKC is a great school for a student like myself who works and has been away for a while,” she
said. “They gave me the confidence to be an advocate for quality child care. I believe that being a student at OSU-OKC has prepared me to be the teacher that I am today.”

To be considered for the award, Payne submitted a proposal titled “The Safe Place.” In her years of teaching, Payne built a “safe place” in the classroom where children can go to gain composure and work toward self-control. The “safe place” is furnished with comfortable pillows, lotions, books about families, photo albums, music, stress balls and pictures of breathing techniques.

“My proposal will allow me to extend my ‘safe place’ to offer more for those children with special needs,” she said. All grant money she received will go directly toward her proposal to add weighted animals and blankets, resistance bands and balls, and an iPad.

After evaluation from a panel of educators, Payne was picked as a top-10 scorer overall. Since the program’s conception in 1994, 793 child care teachers have been awarded nationwide. Payne is the first to be chosen from Oklahoma City.

The TLLCCF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving early child care and education, elevating the support status of child care teachers and providers, raising awareness of the need for affordable, quality child care, and making child care a priority with businesses and government.

For more information on OSU-OKC’s Early Care Education program, visit www.osuokc.edu/humanservices/earlycare.aspx

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