This year Champion of Children named the first ever Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization. The award went to Action for Children, central Ohio's resource and referral agency for child care and early learning programs and services, for the leadership role the organization and its long-time CEO Diane Bennett have played over its 40-year history in promoting high-quality early education. Each year, more than 9,000 parents turn to Action for Children when they need child care and early learning programs for their children, and more than 11,000 professional caregivers and educators use its resources for training or technical assistance that supports continuous quality improvement.
"Action for Children embodies every quality we sought in our first Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization," said Linda Kass, Champion of Children founder and chair of the Advisory Committee. "The organization has pioneered innovative ways to help children learn, and caregivers and educators teach effectively. Generations of students in central Ohio have benefited tremendously from the work of Action for Children and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals as champions for all of our children."