Welcome to Kindergarten™ Awards for Partnership Excellence

The Welcome to Kindergarten Awards for Partnership Excellence honour individuals/agencies/school teams who demonstrate greatness in community/school collaboration; in the Welcome to Kindergarten™ program planning/implementation; and, in providing support to young children and families within their school communities.
The Learning Partnership is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the fourth annual National Welcome to Kindergarten’s Awards for Partnership Excellence. Up to seven outstanding individuals/agencies/school teams will be recognized across Canada for Partnership Excellence. The criteria for the selection of these exemplary partners have been the result of a collaborative development process guided by an Advisory Committee.

A National Selection Committee will facilitate the selection process. Nominations will be invited beginning September 2016 with a deadline of January 31, 2017. The Awards will be presented locally across the country in the Spring 2017.

See who can apply for a Welcome to Kindergarten Award and how to nominate someone.
Nomination forms:  For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Characteristics of Partnership Excellence:
  • Acts as a change agent resulting in successful partnerships with The Learning Partnership, Welcome to Kindergarten™ (WTK), parents, schools and community
  • Fosters strong collaborative relationships
  • Empowers others to develop and use their leadership skills in support of The Learning Partnership and WTK
  • Provides ongoing support to WTK within that community
  • Demonstrates effective outreach and support to parents and children
  • Establishes structures to ensure ongoing parental, school and community support is sustained for The Learning Partnership and the WTK program
  • Demonstrates support of the Welcome to Kindergarten™ Program through sharing of resources
  • Demonstrates support in school/community partnership
  • Demonstrates engagement in WTK program planning/implementation/delivery/follow-up sessions
  • Demonstrates support for parents/guardians and providing them with strategies on how to nurture the development and learning of their children
Additional description of the criteria:
Community representatives/agencies/teams who demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Excellence in community/school collaboration
  • Excellence in WTK program planning/implementation
  • Excellence in promoting TLP WTK
  • Excellence in providing support to children and parents/guardians

The National Selection Committee consists of four outstanding individuals from across Canada who have extensive knowledge and interest in early years initiatives:
  • Gillian C. Corless – (British Columbia) – Core Projects Director, School of Population and Public Health / Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), The University of British Columbia
  • Carmen Turcot – (Ontario - French language) – Multi-faceted career in Education: Teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Debra Mayer – (Manitoba) – Early Childhood Consultant, Manitoba Education and Training, Winnipeg
  • Angie Sferlazza – (Ontario) – Former Early Years Principal Coordinator of the Early Years Program, Toronto Catholic District School Board
 The Learning Partnership is thrilled that these exceptional leaders of early years literature, education, research and programming are partnering with us in this exciting initiative.  We thank them for sharing their expertise and donating their time.

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For more information, contact:

Valerie Sterling
Welcome to Kindergarten
Manager, Family and Community Engagement
416 440 5121

Special thanks to our partners:


TD Bank
Brandon Community Area Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
The Thomas Sill Foundation