2017 Celebrating Successes for Children

2017 Celebrating Successes Community Sponsor Opportunities

Your support helps honor those who make our community a better place to live, work and raise our families. Bring your business or name to over 400 community members as we pay tribute to 125+ people and programs that truly cultivate "Excellence in Bloom." For more information about how you can support Celebrating Successes, email children@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-1940.

Celebrating Successes for Children

Do you know people or programs that make a positive impact on the lives of Howard County children? Plan to nominate them for recognition at the 18th annual “Celebrating Successes for Children” ceremony presented by Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the County’s Department of Community Resources and Services. Coordinated by the Department’s Office of Children and Families, the awards program honors people, programs or businesses that make a difference and serve children in one of the following categories:

Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Years) – Program or individual(s) serving children 0-3 years.

Preschool Age (3-5 Years) – Program or individual(s) serving children 3-5 years.

Elementary School Age (K-5TH Grade) – Program or individual(s) serving children Kindergarten-5th grade.

Middle School Age (6TH - 8TH Grade) – Program or individual(s) serving children 6th through 8th grade.

High School Age (9-12 Grade) – Program or individual(s) serving children 9th through 12th grade.

Mixed Age Group – Program or individual(s) serving children in multiple age groups or if the nominee is not covered by one of the above categories.

Special Nomination Categories:

Making a Difference Youth Award – Individual(s) ages 11 to 18 who have made a difference in their community. (This award is NOT for programs or organizations that serve young people.)

Family Friendly Business Award (non-childcare only) - A Howard County business that stands out for its policies and/or service to children and families.

Celebrating Successes for Children Nominations are Easy!

  • Step One: Provide contact information for you and your nominee.
  • Step Two: Select a category for your nominee.
  • Step Three: Tell us about your nominee. Answer a few questions.
    • Question 1 (100 word limit for this question): Describe how this nominee promotes the growth and development of children.
    • Question 2 (100 word limit for this question): What sets this nominee apart from others? Please provide specific examples.
    • Question 3 (100 word limit for this question): How does this nominee promote inclusion, diversity or community involvement? Please provide specific examples.
    • Question 4: What is your relationship to the nominee?
    • Question 5: How did you hear about Celebrating Successes?
    • Question 6 - For FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUSINESS Nominations ONLY: (100 word limit for this question):
      • What makes this business stand out from others that provide the same products and/or service(s)? How does this business support families?
    • Question 7: For Making a Difference Youth Award Nominations ONLY: (100 word limit for each of these questions):
      • Describe how this nominee has made a difference in their community. Please provide specific examples.
      • How does this nominee promote inclusion, diversity or community involvement? Please provide specific examples
    • Step Four: Submit your nomination online by Friday, March 3, 2017

Celebrating Successes for Children Guidelines:

  • Choose only ONE category for your nominee. The judges reserve the right to move a nomination to different category if, in their opinion, it fits better.
  • While an individual nominee does not have to be a resident of Howard County, he or she must serve Howard County children; however, program or business nominees must be located in Howard County.
  • The Family-Friendly Business category is meant for businesses other than child care. If you are nominating a child care program for their family-friendly policies, please choose the appropriate age category.
  • Be sure your narrative is detailed, thoughtful, and provides enough information for judges to consider. We may contact you for more information about your nominee.
  • Multiple nominations for the same person or business are not considered votes. The panel of judges is more interested in the quality of a single nomination than the quantity of nominations received.
  • Individuals or programs nominated three or more times in the past will be recognized as a one of our Perennials and are not eligible for an award. (Click here to see a list of Perennials)
  • Please be aware of your word count when answering questions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. Judges will not read beyond 100 words!

How to Nominate:

The nomination period is now closed, check back during January 2017 to submit your nomination for the 18th Annual Celebrating Successes

Nominees will be recognized during the Month of the Young Child at the County’s 18th Annual Celebrating Successes for Children ceremony to be held April 26, 2017 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.