Tulsa Educare receives
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award in Education
Awards recognize top nonprofits in Oklahoma
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Educare, Inc. received the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Award for Education during the sixth annual ONE Awards on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Out of approximately 19,000 nonprofits statewide, only 24 were named finalists, and only eight of them were awarded with the prestigious ONE award.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits ONE Award for Education,” said Caren Calhoun, executive director of Tulsa Educare. “This award truly belongs to the teachers at staff at our Tulsa Educare schools, who are dedicated to helping children and their families to be successful, and it’s so great to see that hard work being recognized and rewarded.”
Tulsa Educare, Inc. (TEI) is a not-for-profit organization created to provide high-quality early childhood education and care to low-income families living in Tulsa. TEI’s mission is to help break the cycle of poverty through a flagship, very early childhood education program and through transfer of best practices to other Tulsa programs. TEI is made possible by partnerships with public and private entities, including Early Head Start, the State Department of Education, Tulsa Public Schools, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Early Childhood Program, the University of Oklahoma and many other community organizations. TEI currently provides year-round, full-day education and care for more than 530 Tulsa at-risk children and their families at three locations in Tulsa.
On April 20, 2013, the finalists joined supporters at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club to celebrate and hear the winners announced. Finalists divided into eight mission categories received $5,000, with category winners receiving $7,500. In total, organizations received almost $150,000 to recognize the impact of their charitable work throughout the state.
Awards were presented in the following eight categories:
• Arts and Humanities
• Health Services
• Sports and Recreation
• Youth Development
Other recipients for the ONE Awards include the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association for the Arts and Humanities category and Panhandle Services for Children for Community category, The Little Light House won for both the Health Services category and Overall Nonprofit, A Chance to Change Foundation for the Self-Sufficiency category, Saint Simeon’s for the Seniors category, The Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation won for Sports and Recreation and Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium won for the Youth Development category.
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