WASHINGTON, DC - On March 2, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) will honor Chevron Corporation and Nadine Basha with its Child Care Leadership Award. Presented during NACCRRA's Annual Policy Symposium, this award recognizes one company and one individual for their outstanding efforts to support the development and learning of all children.
Nadine Basha, Chair of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, will be honored for her many accomplishments that have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. Last year, Basha successfully advocated the passage of Proposition 203, which provided a funding source for early childhood education in Arizona through an increased tax on tobacco.
Basha's dedication to children runs deep and is unwavering. She founded the Children's Action Alliance, a children's public policy advocacy group. She was founder and President of a consulting and management firms that established the first corporate network of family child care homes and the first consortium child care center in an industrial park. Basha currently serves on the Boards of WestEd, a regional educational research and development organization; the Center for the Future of Arizona; and the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence; and she is a member of the Executive Committee for the Arizona Early Education Fund. Basha also served as Chair of the Arizona State School Readiness Board from 2003 to 2006.
Chevron Corporation will be honored for its outstanding leadership in helping child care programs along the Gulf Coast recover in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Roland Kell, General Manager of its Pascagoula Refinery, will accept the award on behalf of Chevron.
Thanks to Chevron's recovery efforts, by March 2006, more than 2,800 children along the hurricane-ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast were able to return to their licensed child care centers. Chevron's dedication to children did not stop there. It recently announced Energy for Learning, an $18 million investment for post-Katrina education on the Gulf Coast, which includes a $2 million contribution toward continuing to rebuild child care centers in Mississippi.
NACCRRA's Policy Symposium is an annual event that gives child care professionals the opportunity to hear national experts and field leaders offer insight into the latest developments in policy, research, and practice in child care. This year's conference, held from February 27 through March 3, features more than 70 educational sessions. In addition, today, NACCRRA releases a report card ranking states on their child care standards and oversight, and celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special dinner. To learn more, click here.