The Lynne Angland Award: Honoring contributions to Oregon’s Child Care & Early Education System
Lynne Angland was a passionate visionary dedicated to Oregon’s families. She was Vice-Chair of the Commission for Child Care from 2004 to 2008, when her untimely death left a void that only her diligent advocacy could have filled. Lynne’s service, passion, and leadership improved the lives of Oregon’s children and families, and as a former owner of a child care center – opened to benefit her employees – Lynne personally understood that quality child care is dynamic as a workforce and early childhood education issue.
Honoring Lynne’s commitment to strengthening Oregon’s next generation, and the Commission for Childcare which established the Lynne Angland Award, the Early Learning Council continues Lynne’s charge through honoring those contributing to improving child care and the lives of our children.
The Lynne Angland Award recognizes people and organizations who improve safety, quality, affordability, and access to child care at state and local levels. An annual award, it both memorializes Lynne and spotlights the incredible ongoing work dedicated to improving care.
The 2016 Lynne Angland Awards were presented to one individual and a group of providers and their quality improvement specialist. The first recipient is Jill Ramirez, Quality Improvement Specialist with the Southern Oregon ESD, and the providers of Promesa Preescolar Red. The second recipient is Tom Udell, Director of the Center on Early Learning at the Research Institute at Western Oregon University (TRI). Both recipients received abundant praise in their nominations and are true leaders in early learning.
Jill Ramirez works for the child care resource and referral agency in Medford, Oregon, and has been providing incredible support to a focus child care network made up of ten Spanish speaking providers. The providers have been friends and colleagues for years and they providers support each other in the difficult but rewarding work of caring for children and providing quality care in Spanish for Latino children in the area. With the support of Ramirez, these providers care for a population of children that are often ignored or unseen in our state. Ramirez shared, “each one of us personally understands the importance of high quality early experiences and each of us is committed to bringing this wonderful opportunity to children and families in our communities.”
Tom Udell has dedicated his 30-year career to the field of early learning and his work is recognized throughout Oregon and nationally. In a time there were very few men working with young children, he launched his career as a teacher at the Teaching Research Child Development Center and later as director, he and his team became pioneers in the field of early childhood inclusion and were recognized nationally as a model site for this groundbreaking practice. Led by Udell, the center went through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation and became the first nationally accredited child care program in the state of Oregon.
Previous recipients include:
2015 Merrily Haas, Executive Director, Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children
2015 Judy Graves, Founding Director of Opal School of the Portland Children’s Museum and Museum Center for Learning
2014 Cathy Wamsley, Umatilla-Morrow Head Start Director
2014 Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House
2013 Roberta Recken, Project Coordinator at Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children and former Fruit and Flower Child Care Center Director