By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation and Children’s Tylenol presented the 2012 National Child Care Teacher Awards Thursday night at the Please Touch Museum. Eight of the 52 recipients are from the Philadelphia area.

Award winners were chosen from a national pool of applicants for exemplary work in the field of early care and education, and for a proposed enhancement project that benefits the children in their care. In addition to a plaque, each recipient is given a $1,000 award: $500 to implement their proposed project, and the other half to acknowledge their dedication.

Serena Spearman of Little Angels in Southwest Philadelphia is ready to get her project started.

“I am implementing a new literacy program in my child care so the children will be able to take the book experiences home, and they don’t have to worry about bringing them back. If they do, it’s fine, if they don’t, they’ll have the take-home kit, and I’ll just replenish it.”

A full list of the local award winners is below.

Tasha Amole, Spring Valley YMCA Early Learning Center, Royersford
Lorna Barbour, Childspace, Philadelphia
Natasha Kitt, Kehillah Federation Early Learning Center, Wallingford
Kira Marcy, Montgomery Early Learning Center, Norristown
Janiya McCray, Lassin Early Learning Center, Philadelphia
Kelly Seidel, Montgomery Early Learning Center, Pottstown
Jessica Saggese, Paley Early Learning Services, Philadelphia
Serena Spearman, Little Angels, Philadelphia
Cathy Stemple, Calvary Baptist Children’s Learning Center, Norristown

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